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Stop tweeting at Isaiah Thomas, he wasn't Michael Jordan's arch enemy

Stop tweeting at Isaiah Thomas, he wasn't Michael Jordan's arch enemy

Through four episodes of The Last Dance, there appears to be a theme within the public's reaction to each installment of the documentary centered around the 1997-98 Bulls. 

First, there's the hysteria over a particular episode's star, whether it be Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen or Dennis Rodman. Then there's the widespread criticism aimed toward an episode's "villain."

Former general manager Jerry Krause was the perceived bad guy through the first two episodes, and following the latest two parts aired to the public Sunday, the Pistons and Isiah Thomas took center stage. 

Unfortunately for former Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas, this meant a bunch of ill-informed NBA fans flooding his mentions about everything the older Thomas did to Jordan's Bulls. 

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The "Bad Boy" Pistons were the chief roadblock standing between Jordan and an NBA title for the better part of three years. Their physical brand of basketball made them the most hated team in the league, and when Jordan finally got over the hump and swept them in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, Thomas and the Pistons walked off the floor before the final buzzer sounded. 

In the documentary, Thomas attempted to explain the team's decision to walk off the floor, but Jordan, Pippen and Horace Grant weren't having any of it. 

Isaiah may have distanced himself from Isiah Sunday to avoid the Twitter slander, but make no mistake. These two NBA stars are close. 

While Isiah was with the Pistons, he was good friends with Isaiah's dad, James. James Thomas was a huge Lakers fan, and with his friend Isiah going up against LA in the 1989 Finals, the two made a bet. If the Pistons won, James would have to name his son after the Hall of Fame point guard. 

Detroit swept the Lakers to win their first NBA championship, and the rest is history. Isiah continues to mentor Isaiah through his NBA career, and now they both have to deal with the perils of their name following a documentary every basketball fan is tuning in to. 

So please, stop tweeting at Isaiah Thomas. He was two years old when the Pistons walked off the court.

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Zion Williamson will look far different than you remember when the Wizards play the Pelicans

Zion Williamson will look far different than you remember when the Wizards play the Pelicans

The NBA is set to resume in exactly 28 days and by the looks of things, New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson is more than ready. 

Thursday afternoon, the Pelicans released this photo of Williamson seemingly going through a workout at the team's practice facility (wearing a mask for safety reasons) and he seems to have slimmed down/toned up significantly.

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Williamson's weight has always been the topic of conversation in NBA circles -- he's listed at 284 pounds but often rumored to be as heavy as 300 pounds, especially after his return from a torn right lateral meniscus.

Williamson set the league on fire when he finally returned from injury this season, averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. He created enough buzz to have the entire basketball world arguing whether or not he should win rookie of the year after only playing 19 games. His competition is the Memphis Grizzlies standout, Ja Morant who's played 59 games while averaging 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.9 assists and led his team to the eighth place in the Western Conference. 

Washington is set to take on the Pelicans when the season restarts in Orlando on August 7 at 8:00 pm. The Pelicans will be on the second night of a back-to-back game so there is certainly a chance Williamson doesn't see the floor for health and/or reasons. 

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PHOTOS: First look at NBA courts in Disney bubble

PHOTOS: First look at NBA courts in Disney bubble

It's no secret the NBA's restart in Orlando presents a significant logistical challenge for everyone involved, and on Thursday, we got a glimpse into some of the setup going on in the bubble.

The NBA posted photos of teams' practice courts being laid down in their respective resorts and it's definitely a sight to behold. 

Everything about the 2019-20 season is unique so starting a sentence with, "When have you ever seen something like 'X' before" has become a broken record. 

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But, like, seriously. When have you ever seen that many courts laid down side-to-side like that? Especially given the fact that they're all these high-quality, clean NBA courts that most of us have never played on in our lives. 

There's just some crazy stuff going on down in that Orlando bubble. Hopefully, it all results in safely conducted games and an NBA champion crowned at the end of it, of course with no asterisk necessary. 

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