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"True rivals weren't shaking hands, kissing babies and exchanging jerseys" - Jalen Rose sides with Isiah Thomas in his feud with Michael Jordan

Jalen Rose says Isiah Thomas did nothing wrong and people shouldn't overreact on the matter
Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose

NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas refused to bury the hatchet with Michael Jordan more than 30 years after the Chicago Bulls swept his Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys." While it's no secret that Thomas and MJ have always had that animosity towards each other, Zeke did not mince his recent remark on "His Airness," reminding everybody that the feud is far from over.

It should start with an apology

As we all remember, ESPN's documentary "The Last Dance" rekindled the beef between Jordan and Thomas. Since then, the feud has become a hot subject of discussion. And just when everybody thought it would soon lose its relevance, Zeke suddenly lashed out at MJ and insisted that not one bit would change until he got an apology from the six-time NBA champion.

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"And then this guy [Jordan] comes on television, and he says that he hates me, and then he calls me an assh--e," Thomas famously said. "And then I proceed to watch a whole documentary about him being an assh--e. I'm like wait a minute, time out. Until I get a public apology, this beef is gonna go on for a long long time 'cause I'm from the west side of Chicago."

A Detroit native defends Zeke

Like any other rivalry, the Jordan-Thomas feud also got fans, and NBA legends divided. Unsurprisingly, Jalen Rose, a Detroit native, sided with Zeke on this one. Rose may be biased with his take since his from Detroit, but he made quite a good point to back it up.

According to Rose, people shouldn't overreact on the matter and refer to Thomas as the bad guy. For the veteran NBA analyst, no one should be considered the culprit between the two, as that's just how things went down in that era between "true rivals."

"I'm right behind Isiah…You know why? Let me tell you why…this is the era where you had true rivals. So, true rivals weren't shaking hands, kissing babies and exchanging jerseys after the game. It was a total different lifestyle. And I loved it," Rose pointed out on the Jalen & Jacoby show.

It's hard to tell whether Rose was right about his thoughts on the ongoing Jordan-Thomas rift. At this point, two things appear to be clear. First, MJ is not the type of person who would comply with Thomas' demand for an apology. And second, it wouldn't be a shock if either of the two decides to add more insult to the injury soon based on their previously rocky relationship. 

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