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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 12:00 pm  |  42 responses

Isiah Thomas Is Still a Bitter Man

For the umpteenth time, Zeke recounts his story of woe, this time to Fox Sports: “The exiled speaks of contemporaries who have not been banished with unusual candor. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson — all of these men remain intricately involved in the league, respectively, as owner, general manager, color commentator. In Miami, Magic sits next to Pat Riley at games in full view. Isiah, when he goes, does so in the anonymity of a luxury box. Unseen. So, when asked about his place compared to such men, this is the response: ‘I have no problem saying this at all,’ he says. ‘They’re all 6-(feet)-9 and Jordan was 6-6 and a half. If they were all 6-1, it wouldn’t even be a question. They wouldn’t even f—ing rate. If they were all my size, s—, they wouldn’t even be talked about. I beat the s— out of them when they were that big. If we were all the same size, f—.’ He stops to laugh good-naturedly. ‘Make them 6-1 and let’s go on the court.’ Pride, hope, anger, frustration, self-belief and self-doubt, a flurry of facts and an ability to see things a certain way — all of these things mark a life in limbo.”

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  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    napoleon complex!

  • Sparker

    he’s right, i knew there was a reason for all this undeserved criticism. it’s discrimination against midgets.

  • kunal

    even though i love mj, zeke’s got a point and i believe it’s true. he wasn’t naturally gifted, u could bird but he had size. he had to make up by dabbling in the dark arts with success.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    But you’re not their size, Isiah. Get over it.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    look everyone HAS to admit tho, zeke doesnt get nearly the props for who he was as a player as he should. Its always about him after his playing career. I think we should seperate the 2

  • Riggs

    he doesnt get nearly the props he does BECAUSE he’s such a bitter man. Hes got nobody to blame for it but himself.

  • hoodsnake

    Yeah discrimination against the vertically challenged. Not because he is a behind-the-back —-

  • doyouwantmore

    He made the decision to do all that stupid sh#!. Disappointing to see a former legend buying into the victim-mentality. He should go on ‘The View’.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    also, i think his words might’ve been taken out of context a bit. seems like he was joking, i know him and magic are good friends. not so sure about him and mj haha.

  • GI

    Allen Iverson

  • monkeyball

    It’s ridiculous that Isaiah is complaining about being “banished.” He was given every opportunity to succeed in the NBA, as coach and GM. He screwed those opportunities up, and got himself a rep as a sexual predator in the process. There are former legends who have truly been pushed aside, the best example being Kareem, who has wanted to coach but never been given the opportunity. And if Isaiah is a top 20 all-time player, Kareem is a top 5.

  • DoubleJ

    ALLEN IVERSON

  • NotRealLife

    him and magic used to be good friends.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Best little man ever

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    Muggsy Bogues says the same thing about Isiah.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    Darren’s reply is genius hahaha

  • MikeC.

    Fire Isiah!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Darren ftw!

  • Exile

    Not a bad article… but the real question that Isiah should have pegged the reporter with is “Why do you still come for interviews?” The truth is that Isiah still has impact. His place in history is confirmed… and he will be back, no matter the crap he gets swirling when he talks to the press. Just a matter of time.

  • ClydeSays

    He really should google himself to see all the dumb isht he’s done since he hung up his sneakers.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Exile FTW.
    If I’m a nobody, what does that make the guy asking me questions?

  • Naiym1

    Is it a shock!? he made a career out of being a sore loser….losing with disgrace….as my Grand mama would say…get somewhere and SIT DOWN!

  • bull22

    isiah man, you were a great player no doubt about that… but what are you mad about, the canadian basketball league, the pacers and knicks gave you a chance and you showed were inept at running a league and pro franchises.
    enjoy you life and family, and walk away and be happy! back to back champs for pistons,, thats pretty doggone good.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    He may get a bum rap for SOME things that he doesn’t deserve to, but he’s still a jerk. I realize a lot of ball players are, but I won’t ever feel sorry for him. Not as a Knick fan, and not as a person. That having been said, Isiah is always underrated as a ball player and competitor.

  • Rasta

    Maybe the other legends patted and rubbed the top of his head like a little kid too much after losing to them! LMAO!!!

  • money

    lets be real here, isiah was a cold ass basketball player. not fair he wasnt on the dream team and that he wont get mentioned along the greats. dont forget he won 2 chips. but after his playing carrer it kind of went downhill for him and as a gm or coach he is worse than mj. but lil fella was hoopin his ass off and had heart!

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    bull22, you don’t know what the CBA actually was, do you?

  • kabelion

    Let me understand this, he got fired by bird after bird took over the pacers. That team was a playoff team when he was fired and he had people that no one else in the league wanted as well as an over the hill Reggie.
    With the knicks, as a gm, they went to the playoffs his first year. Before that, people were clamoring for layden to be fired because he had the franchise so crapped out on allan houston and chris childs…
    And he’s a back stabber? He’s loyal to people who were loyal to him. Magic, jordan and the rest are some of the most disloyal back stabbers to ever lace em up. He doesn’t have a disease people fear getting, he didn’t have to get an expensive divorce and both he and bird ran teams into the ground.
    Pay attention to what he is saying. People have been saying it for 20+ years, if he were 6’6, he’d be regarded as the greatest ever. And they would be right. Instead a guy who couldn’t go left without taking 5 steps between dribbles is.

  • Hugo Loon

    zeke will never get recognized for how great he truly was…its just the way this league works

  • Hugo Loon

    people forget that during his prime he was the sh!t and the urine…and he got robbed from the 92 olympics too

  • Justin

    Anyone who thinks Isiah was robbed from the ’92 Olympic team is an idiot. Who exactly would he have replaced? Magic? Obviously not. Stockton, who at that time was leading the league in assists how many years in a row? Stockton was a true point guard and they needed someone to get the ball to the scorers, not be another scorer. His career was on the decline at that point anyway. It doesn’t matter if he would have been Jordan’s height anyway. He didn’t have nearly the athleticism that Jordan possessed to do the things he did over his career. Kabelion, can you tell me how Magic acquiring HIV or Jordan getting divorced make them backstabbers? And couldn’t go left without taking 5 steps? Are you an idiot? @money…once again, why do people such as yourself think the number of championships should be a major thing when comparing players and how they’re looked back on? I guess Barkley, Stockton, Ewing, and Malone were horrid players while guys like Robert Horry should be considered one of the greatest of all time?

  • Yesse

    Wow, did he really say that?

  • Orange

    i’m with Isiah on this.

  • mdshuai33

    That’s how life is: no one remembers the good stuff you do if you screw it up afterwards by being an idiot: look at Nixon. He really wasn’t a bad president; there have certainly been worse before and after. But all anyone thinks of when you say his name is one word: Watergate. Nothing against Zeke, but did that to himself.

  • T-Money

    bull22 has to be the dumbest commenter ever.

  • JD

    even if he was their size, he couldn’t still beat MJ

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Magic and Jordan are both ADMITTED backstabbers. Isiah is a flat out jerk. So I guess the moral of the story is they’re all douches.

  • Ryan D.

    This guy is the complete worst. A prime example of what happens when you have an aging former star athlete who was could do no wrong up until his 30′s then all of a sudden had to make a transtion to a world where he couldnt use a basketball to control people. Granted the guy knows bball and apparently is a decent scout but he basically ran the Knicks organization into the ground with his mgmt. “style”. You had your chance Isiah and you shot an airball.

  • dsleepy

    can’t exactly put my finger on it, but just the way he comes across seems so stupidly arrogant, not able to let things go. he hasn’t played in a really long time yet he’s still so pissed off about slights that happened way back when. one of the greatest talents to ever play, yes, but comes off as a complete dbag. maybe the reason he doesn’t get the love his game might deserve is because his personality is presented is such garbage that no one would want to root for him unless they were a pistons fan. mean while somebody like steve nash, who seems very humble and honest, is adored (or at least liked) by virtually every fan of the nba.

  • jlee

    Isiah did beat all three. He does have a point.

  • ben

    too bad so sad isiah

  • Run

    How about Laettner? And yes, in a righteous world, Isiah would have gotten the nod over John Stocton and Chris Mullin. No dis on any if those players, but Isiah was better…still regarded as the best “small” guard ever to play the game, even after Nash, Stockton and Iverson.

    The 1992 Dream Team should have had Isiah, Doninique (injured) and Olajuwon (in eligible for U.S. Team as a foreign national). Stocton, Mullin and Laettner, as good as they were, would all have been odd men out!

    Imagine this:

    Isiah
    Magic
    Jordan
    Drexler
    Dominique
    Pippen
    Barkley
    Bird
    Malone
    Ewing
    Olajuwon
    Robinson

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