After a long time of not being on good phrases with each other, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas have made peace.
In a particular “Gamers Solely Month-to-month” that aired on NBA TV Tuesday evening, the 2 basketball legends got here face-to-face to emotionally make amends.
“This has been an incredible day,” Johnson mentioned. “My spouse, my mom, my father have been saying y’all must get again collectively. So when everyone known as, I mentioned no query we’ll do that. And simply to take a seat throughout from you and relive these moments of enjoyable, excellence, working onerous, dreaming massive. Who sits up at 19 or 21 dreaming of stuff we wished to do and now we’re right here doing it.”
“You’re my brother. Let me apologize if I harm you, that we’ve not been collectively and God is sweet to convey us again collectively,” Johnson mentioned as the 2 began to tear up earlier than shaking fingers.
Each males began to cry earlier than embracing in a protracted hug. Johnson then broke the crying session by joking he is nonetheless mad Thomas’ Pistons beat his Lakers in 1989.
Johnson and Thomas have been as soon as shut once they have been each rising up within the NBA. Nevertheless, issues began to move south when the Pistons and Lakers confronted one another for the NBA championship twice within the late 80s.
It additionally did not assist when Johnson launched the 2009 ebook he wrote with Larry Chicken the place he claimed issues bought heated with Thomas when Johnson introduced he examined optimistic for HIV in 1991. Within the ebook Johnson claimed he heard Thomas was questioning whether or not or not he was homosexual on the time.
Johnson additionally revealed within the ebook that he performed an element in preserving Thomas off the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Staff.
In 2009, Thomas advised Sports activities Illustrated in an interview that he knew higher than to unfold rumors about Johnson like that.
“Let me put it to you this manner: If he and I have been such shut pals, if I used to be questioning his sexuality, then I used to be questioning mine, too. That is how idiotic it’s,” Thomas mentioned.