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Isiah Thomas releases statement on Dream Team

Jun 14, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

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I hope you watched the NBA TV Dream Team documentary on Wednesday night, because it’s good storytelling. A fantastic reminder of how great those players were and how that moment changed basketball.

One of the more interesting part of it was Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen saying they didn’t want Isiah Thomas on the team. There was no argument from people up the ladder who seemed to have issues with Thomas.  If it were purely about his game, Thomas would have been on the team — he is one of the best point guards to ever play the game. But he burned a lot of bridges, which if you watched his career after playing it’s not that hard to believe.

Wednesday night, Thomas released a statement taking the high road.

“Today, like all Americans, I congratulate the Dream Team on their anniversary. I am proud of my career in the NBA and have fond memories of going head-to-head with all the members of the team. I can’t speak to the selection process as I wasn’t involved. But 20 years later, their gold medal is still a momentous achievement.”

  1. canehouse - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Isiah should have been on that team… Jordan was and still is such a uber intergalactic prima-donna. You cannot think about that era of the NBA without seeing Isiah. His walking off of the court with his brothers was very poor… but they were the bad boys and at the time it just seemed so appropriate and in a weird way it was there way of passing the torch to the bulls. Certainly Jordan and Pippen hated Rodman too… but they seemed to figure it out and get past the past. Isiah on the DT… could have been the conduit for Isiah and Jordan to bury their past too.

  2. asublimeday - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Isiah sure waited a long time to take the high road. I’ll never forget Jordan trying to hold down a smirk as Thomas and his squad of bad girls threw their little “I just got my period gotta change my tampon” tantrum off the court.

    Today, America mocks you, Isiah.

  3. xjokerz - Jun 14, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    Jordan was scared of the bad boys … Shocker he didn’t want Thomas playing on his team .. Intact this documentary would have been better if it were on the bad boys … Stay classy Jordan who just recently admitted to crying to chuck daily to keep his own player off the team .. Glad You could write it in a book Jordan to try to make more money … You stay classy

    • guyaneserj - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      Scared of da bad boys? REALLY? LOL.. U have fun with that!!!

  4. cantonbound13 - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Isiah’s a bum!

  5. wizskinz - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Isiah was a beast on the court and —– off the court. He help destroy the Knicks and the CBA, but he sure could play.

  6. joshm5683 - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Wasn’t a fan of the Pistons or Isiah, but it was nice to see him use some common sense and not lash out at people after the show last night.

  7. cantonbound13 - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Do everybody a favor & just disappear!

  8. tomtravis76 - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Forget Isiah, he didnt deserve to be on the team with those players. The guy I always felt bad for was Christian, he might have been the best college player but he will always be the 12 guy, but he is a Hall of Famer now

    • mightyquinn69 - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      Christian a Hall of Famer? You are refering to college, right? He wasn’t Sh** in the NBA.

      • istillbelieveinblue - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        Basketball only has one HOF, The Naismith Hall of Fame. Christian is not a member, but several players who had limited NBA success are; some based on their college careers, and others based on international play (Drazen Petrovic comes to mind). There is technically no NBA Hall of Fame like the other major sports leagues have.

      • sham13ert - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        You know, I was thinking the same thing about CL the other day, then I looked at his basketball reference stat history.

        He made the All-Star team one year, played for 13 years. In the first couple of seasons he was pretty good, averaging around 17 pts/game, 8 rebs/game, 1 block, and over 1 steal/game.

        Obviously not HOF numbers, but he was serviceable until the ACL injury.

      • sham13ert - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        Also, he technically is in the HOF:

        He was on the 1992 dream team, which was inducted as a team in 2010.

    • tomtravis76 - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      He went into the Hall as a member of the Dream Team. So, he can say he is a Hall of Famer. Even the last man on a roster who doesnt play gets a ring.

  9. neelymessier - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Zeke in my mind is the best 6’0” player to ever lace them up. He was very difficult to get along with., and his volatile nature was part of his personality. He has rings, as a starting point guard, which is far more than many on the team. I’m a Celts fan and did take it personally when he offered his opinion on Bird. I was not happy about his tenure with the Knicks, but Jordan could not executive himself out of a wet paper bag.
    This special brought Zeke to the spotlight. He didn’t do it, and unlike Jordan, he demonstrated he could let go of the past.

    • tibbs7 - Jun 14, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      Calvin Murphy

  10. Fred - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    At least he didn’t throw his daughter under the bus for his exclusion from the team.

  11. scoregasmic - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    ^ what are you talking about?

  12. phaden27 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Zeke is Zeke, love him or hate him.

  13. ss3walkman - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    On a side note, it was good to see Chris Webber get his 10 seconds of fame in the documentary. What a talent he was. My favorite playoff series will always be his Kings vs the Lakers. Much Respect C. Webb

  14. lakerluver - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Stockton or Pippen couldn’t touch Zeke on the court. Isiah is the 2nd best pg ever and probably the greatest small player to ever play in the NBA.

  15. cantonbound13 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Was he groping a woman while releasing the statement?

  16. lakerluver - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    The only reason why Isiah wasn’t on that team is because MJ didn’t want him on it and MJ ruled the league at that time. Zeke led the Pistons to back to back titles (and nearly a third) and was far better than Stockton.

    • camnellum12 - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      It wasn’t just that, Magic, his long-time friend didn’t want him on the team either, after Isiah spread rumors about Magic being gay due to the HIV virus. It was wrong of Isiah, because Zeke already had a brother with the AIDS virus, so it’s crazy that he’d do that. And camaraderie is a must on an Olympic team, and Stockton had better team chemistry.

  17. 11jlacy - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Thats how u do it zec I like that..

  18. mrgoodbar216 - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Translation… I wish those bitches had put me on the team cause then id have a gold medal too!

  19. lakerluver - Jun 14, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    @camnellum12, I totally agree.

  20. fanz928 - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    I thought playing the game was about skill talent or if he’s got game , respect this guy’s game

  21. thetooloftools - Jun 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    It’s not what Thomas did in public that made him a punk so this statement is right in his wheelhouse.
    It’s what he does with that knife in his hand ready to go into someones back behind closed doors that has become his trademark.

  22. asublimeday - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Jordan was scared of the bad boys … Shocker he didn’t want Thomas playing on his team .. Intact this documentary would have been better if it were on the bad boys … Stay classy Jordan who just recently admitted to crying to chuck daily to keep his own player off the team .. Glad You could write it in a book Jordan to try to make more money … You stay classy

    Yeah, Jordan was real scared, as he was embarrassing and housing isiah and his punk bad girls.

    Let’s go girls! These meanies just kicked our fruity asses.

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