Michael Jordan refused to play with Isiah Thomas on 1992 ‘Dream Team’
Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan and Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas had their rivalry renewed when “The Last Dance” aired on ESPN. A part of the documentary focused on the 1992 “Dream Team”, and Jordan was viewed as the main reason why Thomas wasn’t on the squad.
In the documentary, Jordan denied having anything to do with Thomas not making the team. However, Jordan once told Jack McCallum on The Dream Team Tapes if Thomas was on the team, he wouldn’t have gone to Barcelona.
Team USA selection committee member Rod Thorn “called me. I said, ‘Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team.’ He assured me,” Jordan said. “He said, ‘You know what? Chuck (Charles Barkley) doesn’t want Isiah. So, Isiah is not going to be part of the team.”
Thomas and the “Bad Boy” Pistons weren’t loved by many people outside of Detroit. Insiders suspected that neither Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird nor Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson wanted Thomas on the “Dream Team” either.