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The real reason why Isiah Thomas was left off the 1992 Dream Team


In Magic Johnson's book from 2009., When the Game Was Ours, Magic sheds some light on why Isaiah rubbed everyone the wrong way and why nobody wanted him on the '92 Dream Team.

Here's what magic had to say about Isiah being left off the team:

Isaiah killed his own chances when it came to the Olympics. Nobody on that team wanted to play with him, Michael Jordan didn't want to play with him, Scottie Pippen wanted no part of him, Bird wasn't pushing for him, Karl Malone didn't want him. Who was saying we need this guy? Nobody.

During an interview with Mad Dog Radio, Dream Teamers, Scottie Pippen and Clyde Drexler speak openly about why Isiah Thomas was blackballed from the squad, even though Chuck Daly was the coach.

Here's what Pippen had to say about Isiah not getting selected:

You know we had plenty of point guards. We had John Stockton; we had Magic, so you know there was really no room for him to be honest with you. We had some of the greatest point guards in the game. I think the position that he played in was taken; there was just no playing space there for him. A lot of good players great players Hall of Famers were left off for that team I'm very fortunate that I was able to join that team and be a part of it and I'm happy for that and blessed.

Clyde Drexler didn't share Pippen's opinion that Isiah wasn't talented enough to be part of the team. He thought it was more of a chemistry thing. Good chemistry is an essential component to every great team, and in Clyde's opinion, that was the main reason why Thomas was left out. Here's what he had to say:

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I disagree with all that, I think the guy gets there on his own merit even though in an Olympic scheme it's all about camaraderie you have to get along with your teammate and because he was alienated from those guys (Magic, Pippen, Bird, Jordan) I don't think anybody else had a problem with him. David Robinson, myself, Patrick, we had no problem with Isiah.

Clyde continued and said:

Isiah is one of the best point guards ever to play the game, and so he deserved to be on that team, especially with his head coach as our head coach Chuck Daly. The reason he was not was because it was a camaraderie issue because the truth is you didn't need him to win, so at that point it became a chemistry issue.

Scottie Pippen added:

Detroit Pistons beat the Bulls numerous times and finally when we were able to overcome them he just wasn't very professional in turning the torch handover, and I didn't have any love for him, I'm sure Michael didn't have any love for him so if they asked me about him being on the team I probably would have said no.

You can sense the resentment in Pippen when he talks about Isiah, so there's no way his opinion can be regarded as objective, especially when you take into account the fact that the Bulls were one of the most fierce rivals to the Bad Boys back in the day.

There you have it, folks. It seems like the majority of the Dream Team disliked Thomas for his style of play and being a somewhat sore loser. Nobody wanted that kind of energy around them, especially during the Olympics.

Here's a video clip featuring Chuck Daly and Michael Jordan after the decision not to bring Isiah along was made.

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