by Marcel Mutoni

Prior to battles between the Lakers and Pistons in the 80s and early 90s, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas famously used to kiss on the cheek. They were extremely close, and when their playing careers came to an end, the universally popular Johnson helped Zeke land a number of high-profile jobs around the Association.

According to Magic, however, that will no longer be the case. Thomas can’t use him as a reference anymore.

From Bloomberg:

Magic Johnson says he won’t make the same mistake twice and recommend Isiah Thomas for front office or coaching jobs in the National Basketball Association.

“I couldn’t recommend him again because he’s failed a couple times now,” Johnson, who won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, said in an interview with Bloomberg Radio’s “On the Ball” program airing Nov. 29. “So I would probably have to just pass on that one.”

Hey, what are friends for, right?

Magic has always been very diplomatic when addressing controversial topics, especially when they involved people close to him. After this candid admission about an old friend, one can’t help but wonder just where their relationship stands today.

(Via: True Hoop)