It appears that Isiah Thomas’s rivalry against Michael Jordan will remain continuing for years to come.
The all-time great point man of the Detroit Pistons expressed his fiery sentiments upon speaking to the Greek NBA rights holder Cosmote TV during the Abu Dhabi NBA games in early October, noting that he wasn’t pleased with how he was portrayed by Jordan in the The Last Dance documentary.
“When I was watching The Last Dance, I’m sitting there and I’m watching it with my family and I’m thinking everything is good,” Thomas said. “And then this guy comes on television and he says that he hates me and then he calls me an assh–e. And then I proceed to watch a whole documentary about him being an assh–e. I’m like wait a minute, time out. Until I get a public apology, this beef is gonna go on for a long long time, ’cause I’m from the west side of Chicago.”
The Last Dance documentary found relative success in covering the humble beginnings and eventual reign of the Chicago Bulls dynasty in the 90s landscape of the NBA, but it drew widespread controversy for centering its focus and bias on the narratives of Jordan.
As such, one of the best storylines of the docu is about the Bulls’ feisty rivalry with the Pistons, wherein the two heavyweight clubs fought for Eastern Conference supremacy in three-straight years, as the latter emerged victorious in all of them.
The curtain has finally dropped for Detroit as they were ultimately eliminated by Chicago for the fourth time around, sweeping them in the 1991 Conference Finals. As the clock wasn’t hitting yet the final buzzer, Thomas and the rest of his teammates unexpectedly walked off the court prematurely, prompting Jordan to hurl dissatisfaction.
“You can show me anything you want. There’s no way you’re not going to convince me he wasn’t an a**hole.”
Still, Jordan credited the struggles he endured against the hard-nosed Bad Boys Pistons, which molded him to become a legendary player of his own.
But still, with what Thomas delivered now, it is safe to assume that their notable feud won’t reach the end yet.