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Isiah Thomas responds to Michael Jordan’s comments on ‘The Last Dance’ | Get Up

May 30, 2021
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, the best thing about the rivalries is that 29 years later they are still not over, when the Pistons refused to shake hands with the bulls as they walked . Last night Bill Laimbeer got up from the court with Rachel Nichols, he thought about all these years later and cried for a year and a half about how bad we were at the game, but the most important thing was the recording. These were bad people. We were not bad people. only the basketball players won and that streak stuck with me because they didn't know who we were or what we were about as individuals and our family life, so all that complaining that they did when they shook their hand, they were just crybabies, they won, they won the series , give them credit, we got old, they outgrew us, but it's okay, move on, do you now regret not shaking their hand on standby?
isiah thomas responds to michael jordan s comments on the last dance get up
No, why would I regret it now today? I don't care what the media says about mine, if it did. I would be a lost cause, especially back then, so you know, I guess my goal was to win basketball games and win championships and I did everything I had to do to make the most of myself and our team, and we did. . We arrive at the end of the day. we're called world champions so that's an interview that Bill Laimbeer did with Rachel Nichols and it's going to air in its entirety on the jump today, meanwhile Isiah Thomas will be joining us in a second we'll get it technically.
isiah thomas responds to michael jordan s comments on the last dance get up

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Jalen Rose is obviously ready for a man you grew up idolizing and I know well, last night was a fascinating night and I was told Isaiah is ready to go so we were always happy to have Isiah Thomas on the show but what specifically I wanted to give you a chance to respond to what Michael said, so for those of you who saw it last night, you saw Michael Jordan at that moment last night, last night, Ann said whatever Isaiah says, now you know that it wasn't his real Actions. Then you know that this time is enough to think about it or the public reaction that has changed the perspective of it.
isiah thomas responds to michael jordan s comments on the last dance get up
You can show me whatever you want. There's no way you can convince me I wasn't blank and I'm not allowed to say the word. on television again the best thing about rivalries is that 30 years later they are still not over here is hall of famer Isiah Thomas we wanted to give you the opportunity to respond Isiah, what did you think? Well, first of all let me tell you. this, I speak for three things, I speak for the city of Detroit, I speak for the Detroit Pistons and then I also speak for myself, so watching the documentary I think it's interesting, it's funny, it's entertaining right now and I think sports .
isiah thomas responds to michael jordan s comments on the last dance get up
The world needed in terms of how we felt in those particular moments as champions that we were falling. Michael Jordan was going up and going up you have certain emotions and then going down as champions you have certain emotions and I've said it many times. Looking back over the years, have we had the chance to do it all over again? I think we would all make a different decision now. I personally paid a high price for that decision and in paying that price, you know, I understand this is the world of sports and everything else, but at the same time, looking back in terms of how we felt at that moment in Particularly, our emotional state and how we came off the court, we actually gave the world a chance to look at us in a way that we never really tried to position ourselves or project ourselves that way, so it's unfortunate that it happened, but you know, so It was what it was, I don't know how to do that physical period of time.
I'll hand you over to Jalen in a second but I wanted to ask just one more thing because it was always my perception as someone who covered the leak at the time that your team, your group thrived on the image of being the bad boys that you saw, there were some athletes to who loved that. lack of respect and I love being hated by fans and it motivates them, how would you describe the way you felt then and feel now for being the bad guys? I came into the league and I really have to contextualize this for everyone watching because when I came into the league, the Philadelphia 76ers and dr.
Jay were the champions and then Boston became champions and for a period in the '80s it was Philadelphia Boston LA in Detroit those were the four champions and you know, when we talk about it, only Boston in that league is not like that, it's not Exactly, there were the 76ers, there was Boston, there was Los Angeles and then there was Detroit and at that particular moment we had the opportunity to do something that none of those franchises had ever done: we had the opportunity to achieve the triplet and we were going for the triplet in 91 and it really could have been a mistake for Pete because in '88 we know that technically we could have won that game too, but we didn't, so going for that hat trick for us emotionally was, you know, it was exhausting, but it was also disappointing to lose in that moment and I remember when we played against Boston and you know, when Boston came off the court and I remember you came back to our locker room and we were celebrating and everything else, and you know it for us.
It was good when he left when Boston left it was good when when Larry Bird left we never looked back and said oh, they were bad sports, they were bad champions, we were actually grateful for the lessons they had taught us along the way in terms of how to win how to become a good team how to be a silent franchise how to have rules have regulations how to be disciplined enough to go out and compete every night to win and win a championship that's what Boston does The Celtics taught us that's what we were taught by the Los Angeles Lakers, that's what we learn from Philadelphia, so at the time we're talking about here, we never asked for an apology from the Boston Celtics and I didn't.
I don't think the Boston Celtics have ever apologized to the Los Angeles player. I don't believe it.

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