Michael Jordan vs Isiah Thomas: Magic Johnson Begs the NBA Icons to Quash Their Long Standing Feud

Michael Jordan vs Isiah Thomas: Magic Johnson Begs the NBA Icons to Quash Their Long Standing Feud

Edwin Kiplagat
January 12, 2023 at 9:12 AM
  • Magic Johnson has urged Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas to end their lengthy feud
  • Jordan and Thomas have feuded for nearly 40 years and seem set against reconciling
  • Jordan's Chicago Bulls and Thomas's Detroit Pistons battled fiercely in the 80s and 90s

The Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas feud is one of the most compelling stories in NBA history. Although both Hall of Famers retired decades ago, their nearly 40-year feud is still alive.

Magic Johnson, the LA Lakers' iconic guard, has now called on his two former on-court rivals to end their beef.

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Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas have won a combined eight NBA titles. Photos by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE and Jon Soohoo/NBAE.
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The feud between Jordan and Thomas allegedly started in the 1985 All-Star game, when the Detroit Pistons legend devised a plan to freeze the Chicago Bulls icon out of the game. Jordan started the game as a rookie.

Thomas has dismissed those allegations many times. The feud between the two escalated in the playoffs in the late 1980s, where the Pistons 'Bad Boys' roughed up Jordan and the Bulls' en route to the 1989 and 1990 NBA titles, per AndScape.

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Magic on Jordan, Thomas feud

Speaking on the All the Smoke podcast hosted by former NBA players, Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Johnson urged the two to reconcile, per Sportskeeda.

"I'm definitely gonna try man, because they should be past it. They're my boys. So, I guess I'm gonna have to be the one to bring them together."

In the Last Dance documentary, Thomas was puzzled as to why he didn't make the 1992 Dream Team, which many say Jordan was responsible for assembling.

In the same documentary, Jordan said he hated the Pistons team because they walked off the court during the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, something he still holds a grudge over.

NBA award named after Jordan

Sports Brief earlier reported on the NBA naming the association's MVP award after Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

The NBA announced on December 15, 2022 regarding the decision to rebrand. For six decades, the trophy was named after Maurice Podoloff, the league's first commissioner.

Jordan is a five-time winner of the award, with the last one coming in 1998 when he led the Chicago Bulls to their last NBA championship.

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