Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan have a feud that has not subsided for 30 years. Thomas would not have liked how Jordan described him in The Last Dance. In an interview Thomas explained: "As I watched it with my family, I thought everything was going well.
Then comes this guy on television who says he hates me and defines me as an as*hole." And then I have to watch the whole documentary where he acts like an as*hole. At that point I said to myself: wait a minute, timeout. Until I get a public apology, this is going to go on for a long time, because I I'm from the west side of Chicago." Although lacking a respectable stature for professional basketball, he is the all-time leader in points, assists, steals and games of the Detroit Pistons, the team from which he was chosen in the 1981 draft as the second overall pick.
He won the NBA title twice consecutively in the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons, along with other famous players such as Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman and Bill Laimbeer, famous for a particularly tough game, so much so that they were called Bad Boys.
He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. From 2006 to 2008 he held the position of coach / general manager in the New York Knicks, before being replaced by Mike D'Antoni in May 2008. After attending high school at St.
Joseph's in Westchester, his native Illinois, he chose the prestigious University of Indiana, at the time led by longtime coach Bobby Knight. A leader already in his rookie year, he led the team to victory in the NCAA tournament in 1980-81, earning the award of best player and first quintet of Consensus All America.
In the 1988-89 season, Thomas, along with teammates Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, Vinnie Johnson, Dennis Rodman, James Edwards, John Salley, Bill Laimbeer, and Mark Aguirre, led his franchise to a 63-19 record during the regular season.
The Pistons, thanks to their rough but spectacular way of playing, won the nickname of Bad Boys. In the playoffs they first defeated Boston with a clear 4-0, then they clashed with the Milwaukee Bucks always defeating them with a sharp 4-0, finally they met Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the Conference finals managing to overtake them too. In the final they met the Lakers again, this time managing to defeat them and win the title.
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