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"There is no athlete on the planet who could've played through those cramps," Thomas told Yahoo Sports. "Michael Jordan absolutely couldn't have played through those cramps. I absolutely couldn't have played through those cramps. As an athlete, there's nothing you could do." Yahoo! Sports

On a Finals night that everyone else was a sweaty, disheveled mess, Thomas looked so unaffected and unmoved in the heat. He hadn't come to condemn this generation's superstar, but give him a comforting nod of understanding. "There's no way you could play that way," Thomas told Yahoo Sports. "People have to understand that – just no way." Yahoo! Sports

May 17, 2014 Updates

Multiple sources said Pistons Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas and the ownership group have had preliminary discussions about a minority stake in the team or even another possible role, but all cautioned such an arrangement is way down the road and it’s not a definite. But it remains a possibility. Ownership is interested in getting former players like Thomas and Bill Laimbeer involved in the organization. Detroit Free Press

May 16, 2014 Updates

Pistons legend Isiah Thomas is poised to become an investor into the franchise’s ownership group, according to multiple sources. Thomas and team officials are in preliminary discussions to make Thomas a minority owner, but the exact percentage hasn’t been agreed upon. It would make Thomas one of a few African-Americans with a stake in an NBA team. “Not a ceremonial piece, but a respectable piece,” was how a source with knowledge of the negotiations termed the potential deal. Detroit News

April 19, 2014 Updates

The Pistons went on to win their first NBA championship that season, then repeated the feat in 1990, and the rest was history – or was it? “That was 25 years ago, yet you sound today just as angry as you were 25 years ago,” Dery told Dantley. “Is that accurate?” “Well yeah; I mean, It’s not that I’m angry, it’s just that there’s no need for me to get involved with that,” Dantley responded. “Yes, I guess you could say that I’m just the way as I was 24 or 26 years ago.” Boston Herald

In the “Bad Boys” documentary, Jack McCloskey, the Pistons’ general manager at the time, denied that Thomas had a say in moving Dantley to Dallas. Dantley argues he did. “Of course (McCloskey’s) going to say what he had to say,” Dantley told Dery, then later said: “If I was kissing Isiah’s ass, I would have never got traded.” Boston Herald

Later in the radio interview, Dery jokingly asked Dantley if he thought Thomas should be the next Pistons president and general manager after former “Bad Boys” teammate Joe Dumars stepped down as president of basketball operations earlier this week. “Con man,” he replied. “He has a way of tricking people, and he tricked a lot of people.” Boston Herald

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The DJ son of ex-Knicks coach Isiah Thomas was busted Friday morning in Manhattan for driving drunk, cops said. Joshua Thomas aka DJ Zeke was pulled over in the West Village at a checkpoint near Washington and W. Houston Streets around 3:30 am, a law enforcement source said. Cops said Thomas, 25, had red, bloodshot eyes and slapped him with a driving while intoxicated rap. He was behind the wheel of a 2011 Range Rover with Florida plates Thomas called his father from jail who retained high-profile defense lawyer Scott Leemon, according to court sources. New York Post

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One of the most vicious hits in Pistons history didn’t come from the Bad Boys. It came from Jazz forward Karl Malone, who elbowed Isiah Thomas in the face during a 1991 game in Salt Lake City. And two decades later, Thomas remains bitter. “I think it was the dirtiest play I have experienced in the game of basketball in my life,” Thomas said of the play, which happened on a Pistons pick-and-roll with Malone rotating to cover the middle. “I don’t think I’ve seen anything as vicious and as intentional to a player. I still don’t understand it.” Thomas needed 47 stitches. His head swelled up, and even though he returned to play seven minutes, he was hospitalized and missed two games. “My head; it was just ugly,” Thomas said. “When I got home my wife started crying. There was so much swelling on my head.” Detroit News

March 17, 2014 Updates

In 1998, you applied to be the general manager of the Denver Nuggets—while working for the Post. This has always struck me as a conflict of interest. Tell me why I’m wrong. And do you think you would have/could have had a fruitful career as a GM. Peter Vecsey.: I was always told, you’ve got to have at least two conflicts of interest to be successful. Pro sports has plenty of former sportswriters-turned executives. The Knicks were started by Ned Irish. The latest example was John Hollinger leaving ESPN to become VP of basketball operations of Memphis. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to pursue front office or coaching, as long as it’s during the off-season? I tried to put together group to buy the Nuggets in the early ’80s … tried to get Rick Pitino to hire me as GM when he was running the Celtics … approached Larry Brown about helping him in Washington when he was close to coaching the Wizards … had an interview on tap as Hawks’ GM just before Stan Kasten left … and had a very brief interview with James Dolan to be Isiah Thomas’ GM. I am positive I would’ve been an asset to one and all. Jeff Pearlman

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