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Isiah Thomas ‘Blindsided’ By Magic Book

October 23, 2009 By: Katchop Category: NBA

A new book co-authored by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird detailing their careers detours several times to blast Isiah Thomas. Thomas is mentioned 26 times in the book, and none of the comments are complimentary.

Isiah Thomas reacts to the knife Magic Johnson stuck in his back (katchop)

Isiah Thomas reacts to the knife that he says Magic Johnson stuck in his back (katchop)

MIAMI (AP)—Hall of Fame players Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson famously kissed moments before tip-off of Game 1 of the 1988 NBA finals.

Today, the relationship clearly isn’t anywhere near as close.

Thomas told SI.com earlier this week that he is “really hurt” over criticisms levied by Johnson in a new book chronicling the careers of Johnson and Larry Bird. According to Thursday’s SI.com report, Johnson said Thomas questioned his sexuality after the Los Angeles Lakers star retired in 1991 after being diagnosed with HIV.

Johnson also tells the Web site that he helped play a role in keeping Thomas off the 1992 U.S. Olympic team. “Isiah killed his own chances when it came to the Olympics,” Johnson said in the book. “Nobody on that team wanted to play with him. … Michael 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.”

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