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Isiah Thomas hopes his respect for Michael Jordan shows in 'The Last Dance'

Isiah Thomas hopes his respect for Michael Jordan shows in 'The Last Dance'

NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas did several interviews for the highly anticipated ESPN documentary "The Last Dance," which focuses on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Bulls. Thomas, a Chicago-native, was the leader of the "Bad Boys" Pistons squad that was the ultimate litmus test for the Bulls in the late '80s. The Bulls famously got past the Pistons in the 1990-91 in the Eastern Conference finals in an extremely physical four-game series. After the decisive defeat in Game 4, Thomas and the Pistons infamously refused to shake hands with the Bulls.

Thomas has always maintained that he regrets that decision, and in an interview with The Detroit News, he discussed how he hopes his admiration for Jordan shines through:

I hope the full content of what I was trying to express in the admiration we all had for him as a player is shown from my comments. All of us who talked about him talked about how we admired how great a player he was, and we couldn’t stop him other than to double or triple-team him.

Though Thomas and Jordan were fierce rivals, the Chicago native made it clear that he has always had an immense amount of respect for MJ, and that he never personally heard Jordan say anything about keeping him off of the "Dream Team," an oft-discussed controversy in NBA history. The infamous non-handshake has been thought of as a primary reason why Thomas didn't feel completely accepted by his city during Jordan's tenure and also a possible reason for the Dream Team snub. 

Thomas stated that while the handshake situation was unfortunate, the narrative surrounding the situation got out of hand. "When we beat Boston, (Larry) Bird didn’t shake none of our hands... I find it interesting the target shifts and the narrative changes.”

'The Last Dance' premieres April 19, 2020, on ESPN.

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Bulls Talk Podcast: First weekend of the NBA Bubble review

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Bulls Talk Podcast: First weekend of the NBA Bubble review

The NBA has restarted its season officially as the 22 remaining teams play eight more regular season games and then the playoffs. Jason Goff is joined by K.C. Johnson and Rob Schaefer to discuss their thoughts about the opening round of regular season games. They also discuss: Have the Bucks been exposed? What's up with Zion Williamson not playing? And they debate who should win Coach of the Year.

(1:40) - The "Delete Eight" teams are missing valuable time not being in the Bubble

(10:00) - The impact playing in the Bubble has on the players and their play

(20:00) - Zion Williamson's minutes restrictions

(33:15) - How will the NBA operate next season

(37:25) - Concerns for the Bucks and Lakers

(43:15) - Who should have won coach of the year

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Detroit Pistons invite rapper J. Cole to try out for NBA team

Detroit Pistons invite rapper J. Cole to try out for NBA team

We could be on the verge of an incredible NBA x hip-hop crossover event. The Detroit Pistons have reached out on Twitter inviting rapper J.Cole to try out for the team.

You might be thinking to yourself, “How did we get here?” Fair question. Let’s summarize.

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J. Cole fans have been speculating that the rapper has been angling for a shot at the NBA since he released a commercial for a new Puma shoe called “The Dreamer,” where he goes through an intense basketball workout.

“You can’t be serious,” says the voiceover track over the commercial. “I know you ain’t about to try to do what I think you’re trying to do. ‘Cause that would be crazy.

“I mean, what’s the odds? I know you’ve got more sense than that young blood.”

The rumors picked up steam when Master P told TMZ on Saturday that Cole was, in fact, serious.

Master P signed two NBA contracts, one with the Hornets and another with the Raptors in 1998 and 1999. He played in the preseason for each team, but never in the regular season. So, Master P told TMZ that Cole called him up to ask his advice on how to make it on an NBA roster. To his credit, Master P says he told Cole he has a long road ahead of him, and that he’ll have to prove his dedication and consistency.

If you go back to 2019, videos surfaced on the web purportedly showing Cole holding his own in pickup games with NBA players.

Which brings us back to today. Apparently the Pistons have seen enough to warrant a closer look at Cole. It remains to be seen whether or not his dream will become a reality.

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