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Isiah Thomas: “I Beat The Sh*t Out of Michael Jordan & Magic Johnson”

by Robert Littal | Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
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Isiah Thomas would like the world to think that he has been railroaded and his reputation has been torn shreds by lies and innuendo.   To say he is a  bit bitter, would be an understatement.

He seems to be mad at everyone and is very upset that he has been kicked out of the Hall of Superstar club.

He has been frozen out the same way he froze out Michael Jordan in the All-Star game many years ago.  The Big Lead has the details:

He is exiled.

And for the exiled, what is lost — and what is still hoped for — bears down with brute force on the present no matter how idyllic it seems.

A quick glance at the drama surrounding him:

Accusations he orchestrated a freeze-out of Michael Jordan during the 1985 All-Star Game. His comment after losing in the 1987 Eastern Conference finals to the Celtics that if Larry Bird was black “he’d be another good guy.”

The 1992 Dream Team snub. Magic Johnson’s very public rebuke. Talk he ruined the minor-league Continental Basketball Association as its owner. The confusion surrounding Isiah’s alleged suicide attempt, his daughter’s trip to the hospital and the controversy surrounding both.

And, of course, those New York years.

The exiled speaks of contemporaries who have not been banished with unusual candor. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson — all of these men remain intricately involved in the league, respectively, as owner, general manager, color commentator.

“I have no problem saying this at all,” he says. “They’re all 6-(feet)-9 and Jordan was 6-6 and a half. If they were all 6-1, it wouldn’t even be a question. They wouldn’t even f—ing rate. If they were all my size, s—, they wouldn’t even be talked about.

“I beat the s— out of them when they were that big. If we were all the same size, f—.” He stops to laugh good-naturedly. “Make them 6-1 and let’s go on the court.”

Salty a little?

Has a bit of a Basketball version of the Napoleon Complex.

The thing about it, is that Thomas is responsible for the majority of problems and damaged relationships he has. He is upset that he isn’t getting the recognition for his basketball accomplishments like Jordan, Magic and Bird have received. That might be a valid beef, but one of the reasons he doesn’t, has more to do with the Pistons Bad Boys’ reputation and Thomas’ reputation once he became an executive.

Nothing he can do about that now, so no reason to continue to let that ether burn your soul. He needs to look at the bright side he could be Patrick Ewing or one of the many great players of the 90’s who have no jewelry at all.

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  1. RT @BlkSportsOnline: Isiah Thomas has a bit of a Napoleon Complex http://bit.ly/i5kAE4

  2. MyAfro says:

    that larry bird quote was from a young dennis rodman (pre-tattoos) after a tough playoff loss, and it would have ignited a big power keg in the news the next day.

    isaiah was astute enough to see that and repeated it only so that his cred could shoulder the fury better than rodman could. so, i give isaiah props for that.

    for his post-playing career, he's definitely a disaster. we was effective as an nba commentator, but the management bug took control. and as we all know in the tech world: the most skilled coworkers don't always grow to be the best managers.

    it's too bad that he feels he doesn't get the credit for saving the league alongside magic, bird, and michael. i think those three were a rising tide that lifted all other boats, his included.

    once he comes to terms with that, he'll be a peace.

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  4. LB says:

    He does sound bitter…….

  5. eric says:

    Isaiah may be the best point guards to ever play. He did beat Magic, Bird and Jordan. So, should he have lost to the players that the NBA wanted to represent the league for the sake of the game. Maybe more people would respect what he could do on the court if he would have laid down for their superstars.

    Why don't you interview or talk about Isaiah's character with some of his past team mates. Of course people hated on him, that what happens when you are on the top. Look at King James and a ll the haters out their now.

    Real basketball fans respect what players can do on the court. D. Wilkens was another player from that period that seems to get overlooked.

    Jordan, Magic and Bird were all great. However, many people act like these guys invented the game.

  6. KP says:

    MJ had Pippen, Magic had Worthy and Kareem, Isiah had Dumars who wasn’t even considered a top 50 player so does that mean he accomplished more then Magic and Jordan then?

  7. tjb_2012 says:

    I wasn’t around when Larry Bird , Magic Johnson , Mike Jordan , and Karl Malone , ect , where around . Hell , the Dream – Team started when I was only a few months old ; but anyways ,

    The way I see how Isiah Thomas played was HORRIBLE and Dirty ! Hince the ” Bad Boy ” name . You maybe able to play a game better than anyone else , but remember it’s a TEAM sport . No ONE man can take on 5 guys at once and STILL win . Bad sportsmanship is key to sports , and if you don’t have it – you simply can not cry when people over look you for other TEAM affiliated things .

  8. MikeC says:

    I am a big MJ fan and think he is the greatest of all time but I would have to agree with Isaiah that if Magic, Larry and MJ were 6″1″, Isaiah would kill those guys!!

    Let’s not forget that Isaiah’s Detroit Pistons did beat the Celtics, Lakers and the Bulls repeatedly!!

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