Friends… How Many Of Us Have Them?!
If you’re an NBA fan, you know who Isiah Thomas and Earvin “Magic” Johnson are. Those two and their friendship have lasted for over 20-some-odd years and as competitive as they are you’d think that they’d be BFF’s forever. Well, after the jump, read how all that has changed due to Magic’s new book.
“I’m really hurt, and I really feel taken advantage of for all these years,” said Isiah Thomas to SI.com. The Hall of Fame point guard and former coach/executive for the New York Knicks is seeing red after reading accusations thrown from his friend and basketball foe, Magic Johnson.
Those critiques include saying that the 1992 Dream Team didn’t want to play with Isiah and that Magic was one of the main reasons in blackballing the former Detroit Pistons floor general. The most shocking accusation is that Isiah was responsible for spreading rumors about Magic being homosexual once word broke out about him being HIV positive.
Isiah was quoted on SI.com as saying, “I wish he would have had the courage to say this stuff to me face to face, as opposed to writing it in some damn book to sell and he can make money off it.”
Even though the classic Whodini song is ringing in my ears, Isiah has a point, in all of this conversation, why did Magic wait till his book, When The Game Was Ours, was ready for public consumption?
These two didn’t seem to have the same issues that, say, Chris Childs had with Kobe Bryant or the beef that Reggie Miller and Spike Lee had for all those years… so why now?
And while we, the media, have become so focused on the rumors, gossip and innuendo of our stars and legends of today and yesteryear, isn’t it a little childish of Magic to create such hoopla? Especially given Isiah and Magic’s position as two of the greats in a historical era of professional basketball.
Eventually this will strike the TV circuit and we’ll see what once were giants possibly be turned into bickering old bitties when the dust settles.
It seems that Magic didn’t learn anything from co-author, Larry Bird, you keep your skeletons in the closet and focus on the love of the game.