The two-time champion with Detroit who got Jordan’s ear wet: “It wasn’t competition”. Isiah Thomas assured that surgery in 1991 “practically ended” his career, but before that his competitors were Larry Bird or Magic Johnson and not the former Chicago Bulls. The statement is given in the context of repercussions generated by the series “The Last Dance”.
Former point guard Isiah Thomas, a two-time champion with the Detroit Pistons, said today that prior to his injury, Michael Jordan, at the Chicago Bulls, “was not competition.” “In ’91 I had surgery that pretty much ended my career, I was never the same again.”
“But when we were young and healthy, from 1984 to 1990, the numbers speak for themselves, it wasn’t really my competition. My competition was (Larry) Bird and Magic (Johnson). Trying to beat the Celtics, trying to beat the Lakers And Jordan, at that time, from 1984 to 1990, before my surgery, was not my competition, “he said.
Thomas, who wore the Pistons jersey from 1981 to 1994, with two NBA titles (1989 and 1990), is considered the best baseman in franchise history and his 11th jersey was retired in tribute for his contribution with an average of 19.3 points, 9.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds.
“When Boston was at its best, we competed with them, but they were better than us and as we got older, we were able to catch up. What we were able to learn from Boston in that process, the Detroit Pistons and every time we You heard about what we became, we never mentioned ourselves as champions without mentioning the Boston Celtics, “Thomas recalled on Fox Sports.
Thomas faced Jordan 65 times and has a positive record of 36 wins versus 29 losses. The relationship between the two was not good, to the point that Thomas stayed out of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics at the apparent request of the North Carolina-born.