Isiah Thomas 'Hurt' that Magic Johnson Would Get Upset About Having his Sexuality Questioned
Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas used to be such good friends they exchanged kisses on the cheek when the Lakers met the Pistons in the 1988 NBA Final, but in a new book due to be released November 4 Johnson admits that there's been bad blood between the two since the early 1990s.
In "When The Game Was Ours", a book chronicling the Lakers-Celtics-Pistons rivalry that dominated the NBA in the pre-Jordan era co-written by Johnson, Larry Bird and sportswriter Jackie MacMullan, Johnson claims the grudge first came to fruition when he was diagnosed with HIV and Thomas began questioning his sexuality.
"Isiah kept questioning people about it. I couldn't believe that. The one guy I thought I could count on had all these doubts. It was like he kicked me in the stomach," writes Johnson.
He also writes that he didn't help Thomas's chances of getting on the 1992 Olympics Team.
"Isiah killed his own chances when it came to the Olympics. Nobody on that team wanted to play with him. ... Michael didn't want to play with him. Scottie wanted no part of him. Bird wasn't pushing for him. Karl Malone didn't want him. Who was saying, 'We need this guy?' Nobody.''
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Miami New Times' biggest stories.