Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas has an endless list of accolades throughout his years in the NBA, but the Hall of Fame point guard still resents being snubbed from that 1992 Barcelona Olympics team, one known today as The Dream Team.
The Pistons dime wizard admitted it hurts today, perhaps even more than before, knowing that skipping a handshake with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls might have cost him a spot on the team:
“Being left off The Dream Team, that personally hurt me,” Thomas said on ESPN Monday. “In 1980 I was on the Olympic team, as a matter of fact, I was voted the Male Athlete of the Year by the USA Olympic Team. The only thing that’s missing from my resume is not being on The Dream Team.”
"Looking back, if I'm not a part of the Dream Team because a lapse in emotion in terms of not shaking someone's hand … then I am more disappointed today than I was back then."
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Thomas insists he still doesn’t exactly know why he was left off the team, but is aware that he fit all the criteria to make that team:
“I wasn’t a part of it. That hurt me,” added Thomas. “Looking back, if I’m not a part of The Dream Team because a lapse in emotion in terms of not shaking someone’s hand … then I am more disappointed today than I was back then.”
Episodes 3 and 4 of “The Last Dance” revealed how the Pistons’ starters walking off the court after being swept by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls painted a poor image on “The Bad Boys,” smearing Thomas in the process.
Jordan was visibly irked when that episode is brought up, and it’s clear he still resents Thomas for his lack of sportsmanship. As the ringleader of The Dream Team, it’s likely Jordan had a voice in that decision, even if he doesn’t admit to it. The Thomas-Jordan feud certainly doesn’t seem like it will be ending any time soon.