Isiah Thomas Rumors

The NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy, which was awarded to Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas in 1984, has been removed from a Dallas-based auction house. On Monday, Thomas tweeted at Heritage Auctions and claimed that the trophy was stolen from St. Joseph High School in Illinois. Heritage Auctions ended up removing the item from their catalog and canceling all of the bids on the item. In addition, the outfit plans on holding an investigation regarding where the trophy was received from.

When participating in rallies and marches, Isiah Thomas recalled a time that he had a weapon pointed at him for the first time in his life: “My mom didn’t have babysitters. We grew up extremely poor,” Thomas told Thurl Bailey. “So we participated in all the marches. We participated in all the rallies. The first time I had a weapon pointed at me was by the United States government. When they shut down Chicago and the National Guard came in, never forget, they rolled up off the Eisenhower Expressway and I lived 3340 West Congress, and a tank rode up off the Eisenhower Expressway and the barrel of the tank rolled around and pointed directly at our house. Because they were shutting down the city. They were shutting down the west side of Chicago.”
Now, Thomas is excited about the future. “What we all are truly fighting for is just to be Americans and not be labeled by a color. Whether you classify as white, black, brown,” Thomas stated. “The cast system that we’re living up under is a color coded cast system. Right now, we have people from all different colors coming out onto the street and marching and saying, ‘we need to end this systemic color coded casted racism that we are living under, in this country’ and I think it’s exciting right now.”
In the summer of 1981, on a basketball barnstorming trip through parts of northern Michigan and deep into the American South, George Gervin was wearing out Isiah Thomas. Sometimes with his lightning-quick dribbling, other times with that goddamned finger roll that helped him win four NBA scoring titles, and then those trick bank shots. Mind you, this was all done in sweltering-hot gyms in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Mich., in Memphis and Birmingham, Ala., and places in between. Now, some 39 years later, Thomas recalls it didn’t help that Magic Johnson, who was on those trips, too, would always get the first pick over Thomas when assembling teams and would always take Gervin at the onset.
But what Thomas was really getting tired of was The Iceman’s stories about this “cracker box” of a gym on Detroit’s west side, where Gervin, a legend in those parts, was king among the lot of NBA vets, college stars, high school standouts and streetball legends who played there every summer. “All I wanted to do was get back to Detroit,” said Thomas, who grew up in Illinois, played collegiately at Indiana and had just been selected second overall by the Detroit Pistons in the ’81 NBA Draft. “Gervin would tell his stories, and all I wanted to do was get away from George Gervin and find St. Cecilia’s.”
NBA champion, Hall of Famer and cannabis entrepreneur Isiah Thomas was recently appointed CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the publicly traded, Colombian hemp and cannabis producer One World Pharma, replacing the company’s founder, Craig Ellins. The basketball legend isn’t new to business or investing. In fact, his holding company, Isiah International Inc., has a diverse portfolio that includes cannabis oil and CBD companies, as well as the legendary Cheurlin Champagne, which he acquired in 2015.
As Thomas explains, a series of tragedies in his own family would enhance his interest in medical cannabis. “I had one of my brothers pass away from cancer, then my mother died, and finally my father died from cancer. And I remember, at the end, all of them were struggling with their appetite,” said Thomas. “And not eating was hurting them terribly.” When his mom got sick, her appetite just wasn’t there and the doctors who were trying to get her to eat wanted to prescribe cannabis. However, as many others in her generation, Mrs. Thomas still thought of the plant as a dangerous drug — and her response was to succinctly decline the prescription. “Well, I’m not smoking no reefer!,” Thomas recalls his mother’s stern response to the doctor’s offer.
In 1994, the NBA entrusted him to essentially start the globalization of the basketball business in Canada with the Toronto Raptors franchise. That, Thomas says, was his first international business experience, and it was game changing. “For someone who had just left the playing floor, for the NBA to really give you that major responsibility of going to Canada and introducing their first franchise outside of the United States… it was a huge responsibility, but it was also a huge compliment.” Today, Thomas is especially proud of being Co-Founder of the Raptors. Twenty-five years later, the Toronto Raptors became the first international franchise to be crowned NBA Champions. “It warms my heart to know that the proper foundation was laid by the work that we did there early on,” said Thomas.
Some of Isiah Thomas’ earliest memories are of he and his family protesting systemic racism. Thomas’ mother, Mary Thomas, was an activist on Chicago’s West Side, working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson and Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton. So the entire Thomas family was active in protests and demonstrations against inequality in Chicago. “Activism was the family business. We did not have babysitters. So every protest, march, rally, riot, mom was like, ‘Alright ya’ll, let’s go,'” Thomas says. “So we went everywhere (to join protests) together as a family.”
He recalls seeing the barrel of a tank from the National Guard pointed at his home during the same riots. “The barrel of the tank swerved around and was aimed right at our house as the troops marched in to secure the West Side of Chicago. This is how I grew up,” Thomas, the former Knicks president and coach and current NBA TV and Turner studio analyst, said during a phone interview this week. “My family and I have been in this fight for freedom and citizenship and equal rights since I was born. I don’t remember anything else.”
Some players, including Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving and Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley, have discussed the possibility of boycotting the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season. “I never wanted to be put in a box on the court (as a pure point guard) or off the court (as being recognized solely as an athlete),” Thomas says. “So when I look at players today, I say they are sons and daughters, they are mothers and fathers, they are citizens, and then they are athletes. So they have multitudes. We can be citizens and we can also be athletes, and you don’t have to be one or the other. You can be both and there’s a movement that’s going on in this country. What society has said is that systemic racism at all levels is bigger than sports. It’s bigger than the game. Because right now it’s about getting America right. And our sports personalities are speaking to getting America right. These are the young people right now that truly have a chance to change the world forever.”
“No. 1, the NCAA doesn’t own (the) Fab Five — Isiah Thomas taught me this,” Rose said. “The same way the NBA doesn’t own (Detroit’s) Bad Boys, so if that was like ‘March Madness’ or ‘One Shining Moment,’ something that they owned, that’s something they would acknowledge and give love to. When you see highlights of teams going in and out of the commercials, they show teams that didn’t win the championship, so they could show us if they really wanted to. So that has to be a conscious decision, and that’s fine. It’ll happen, and it’s just like him going to the Hall of Fame; I believe it will happen.”
ESPN’s recently aired documentary series “The Last Dance,” chronicling Michael Jordan’s final championship season with the Chicago Bulls, rekindled interest in Jordan’s long-running feud with Isiah Thomas, including how the Pistons’ star was left off the 1992 Dream Team that won Olympic gold in Barcelona. Author Jack McCallum addressed the controversy in the most recent episode of his “The Dream Team Tapes” podcast series. McCallum said Jordan brought up the issue of Thomas himself in a 2011 interview. “When they called me and asked me to play — Rod Thorn called me. I said ‘Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team.’ He assured me. He said, ‘Chuck doesn’t want Isiah. So, Isiah is not going to be part of the team,’” Jordan said on the recording that McCallum played during the podcast.
Despite Jordan’s denials, an audio recording released by Jack McCallum on “The Dream Team Tapes” podcast seems to confirm His Airness was a big reason for Thomas’ omission. Jordan is heard on tape saying he would not play if Thomas were on the team, which won gold at the 1992 Olympics. “Rod Thorn called me. I said, ‘Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team.’ He assured me. He said, ‘You know what? Chuck doesn’t want Isiah. So, Isiah is not going to be part of the team.’”
Isiah Thomas: “I think in Ja we are watching the next generation of the great point guards that have been coming through our league. You have that group of Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, John Wall and so forth, but for the younger generation of point guards, I think Ja – who is projected to win the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year award – is going to be leading that evolution of great point guard play.”
In leading the ‘Bad Boy’ Pistons to back-to-back NBA titles (1988-89 as well as 1989-90), Thomas consistently compromised his private numbers to guarantee group success. It is a high quality he likewise sees in Morant. “That is a unique gift,” Thomas claimed. “Team- friends will certainly like you for it yet analytics will certainly despise you for it. Sharing the basketball as well as obtaining everybody entailed, being prepared to make the ‘hockey’ aid instead of keeping the round to obtain the aid on your own … you see Ja doing all of those points in the program of a basketball video game.
Isiah Thomas opened up about his feud with Michael Jordan, which re-surfaced after the Last Dance documentary series. The Chicago Bulls had to go through the “Bad Boys” Pistons, before reaching to the first three-peat. The former Pistons superstar said that he is not having a feud with Michael Jordan, despite what being said on “The Last Dance” docu-series. “I’mma call a timeout on the feud because really I wasn’t fighting him. I was winning all the time so why am I mad at him?” Thomas told Jason Whitlock on Speak Ya Self.
Storyline: Petty Warz
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David Robinson — a member of the gold-medal 1992 Barcelona Olympic team — said Thomas should not have been surprised he was left off the Dream Team, he did it to himself. This is Robinson on the Bulls Talk podcast with Jason Goff on NBC Sports Chicago. “If you have a reputation and you take pride in your reputation as a ‘Bad Boy’ it kind of means people aren’t going to like you,” Robinson told Goff. “Can you be that surprised when people say ‘I don’t really want to play with the ‘Bad Boys?’… “When you talk about putting together a team, chemistry matters. It does,” Robinson said. “You can’t act like it doesn’t matter and for that team it was clear that was a consideration for all the people involved.”
No one, including Isiah Thomas, should be surprised that he wasn’t selected to what many consider to be the greatest team ever assembled, according to a player who was picked: Hall of Famer David Robinson. During a recent appearance on the “Bulls Talk Podcast” with Jason Goff, Robinson pointed to Thomas’ “reputation” as a determining factor. “If you have a reputation and you take pride in your reputation as a ‘Bad Boy’ it kind of means people aren’t going to like you,” Robinson said, via NBC Sports. “Can you be that surprised when people say ‘I don’t really want to play with the ‘Bad Boys?’”
Storyline: Michael Jordan Documentary
“I hate the way that Isiah is being presented,” Rivers said. “Isiah was a ruthless winner … he’s no different from any other winner. Being from Chicago, Isiah’s the best player ever to come out of Chicago, in my opinion. Even my ego has to say that, you know? And then having Michael be the greatest player to play in Chicago … that created a competition on its own right. Like, Isiah wasn’t giving Michael Chicago, and Michael was trying to take Chicago, you know? People don’t even know that part of it. They just see the Detroit part, and the Chicago Bulls part. But the biggest part is that. Isiah still lived in Chicago when he was playing for Detroit. He wanted to come home and be Isiah Thomas; he didn’t want to come home and hear about Michael Jordan. So it had a lot of energy to it.”
Isiah Thomas: I think now people are really starting to do a critical examination and critique of the 80’s. And you know, they talk about pace. Well, lo and behold, the 80’s was faster than the 2020 pace or the 2010 pace. And in the level of scoring and everything else during that period of time. They’re just starting to get back to that level of scoring today in the NBA. So I’m pleased that people are having a chance to go back and look at the Pistons and I think they just stumbled on to that. You know, we were the team that had the highest scoring record in the NBA and still hold that today. And when you look back at the 80s, we were one of the highest scoring teams. And defensively, we were just a juggernaut.
Here is what NBA legend Isiah Thomas had to say on who is the GOAT for him on the latest ‘Inside The Green Room’ podcast: “My GOAT is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. There is no person in the history of all sports, from grade to school to high school, to college, to the NBA that had a better basketball playing career than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And then when you take into account what he’d done in terms of social justice during that period of time, the stance he took outside off the playing field, those are big things in my mind in terms of what the GOAT was,” he said.
Storyline: GOAT Debate
You have so many behind-the-scenes stories from covering Michael Jordan and those teams. Is there anything that you wish they would’ve included or that you hope they delve into during the remaining episodes? Sam Smith: I think they’ve done a pretty good job of raising the main issues. There were parts here and there where I thought some context might have been left out, like with the Pistons’ walk-out. I was there and I would have loved to have seen [this]: We were sitting in a group around Jordan and he just eviscerated the Pistons when the Bulls were up 3-0. He called them unworthy champions, terrible people, an embarrassment to the NBA… And it went on for, like, a half hour. It was just stunning. And I know that’s what prompted that walk-out because the Pistons’ players didn’t know about it until the next day, basically.
In an appearance on ESPN’s First Take on Monday, Magic debunked that claim. “You have to be with each other for two months, and there was four or five guys who just had problems with him. He was unfortunately not going to be a part of the Dream Team because of those problems, because we all had to live with each other for two months, practice with each other, hang out with each other, all those things,” the NBA icon said. “That doesn’t take away from Isiah’s career or who he is as a man, but at the same time, Isiah has to own up to his own problems and say: ‘Hey, you know what? I had a hand in in that, in that situation.’ Now, did I have a hand in him not being on the Dream Team? No. They didn’t ask me who should be on the team. The only thing David Stern and Rod Thorn asked me to do was to call Larry Bird and Michael Jordan and tell them they should play on the Dream Team.”
Jordan — who famously was closed off during his playing days — has been extremely candid in the 10-part docu-series, which continues Sunday with episodes 5 and 6. In the first episode, Jordan recalled the time he walked into his teammates’ hotel room to find marijuana and cocaine. Two episodes later, he called former Detroit guard Isiah Thomas an “a–hole” in response to the Pistons walking off the floor just before the Bulls eliminated them from the 1991 playoffs. “He never seemed vulnerable,” Kerr said of Jordan. “I think that was part of his persona. He wasn’t vulnerable to everything and everybody, you know, [he was] indomitable, knowing nobody could touch him. And he walked into that arena, and he was just dominant over every person in that building — opponents, coaches, teammates, referees, fans.”
Jordan has never hidden his dislike for Isiah Thomas. But that didn’t stop him from paying Thomas quite the compliment in the discussion of why Thomas was famously left off the Dream Team for the 1992 Olympics. “I respect Isiah Thomas’ talent,” Jordan said. “To me, if the best point guard of all time is Magic Johnson, and right behind him is Isiah Thomas. No matter how much I hate him, I respect his game.”
“Before the Olympics, [selection committee chairman] Rod Thorn calls me and says we would love for you to be on the Dream Team,” Jordan said. “I said, ‘Who’s all playing?’ “He said, ‘What’s that mean?’ I said, ‘Who’s all playing?’ He says, ‘Well, the guy you are talking about and you are thinking about is not going to be playing.’ It was insinuated I was asking about him, but I never threw his name in there. “You want to attribute it to me, go ahead. Be my guest. But it wasn’t me.”