Magic Johnson blindsides Isiah Thomas in new book

October 23, 2009

(ChattahBox) — They were such close friends at one time that Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson famously kissed moments before tip-off of Game 1 of the 1988 NBA finals. But excerpts in a soon-to-be-released book  “When The Game Was Ours” co-written by Johnson, Larry Bird and longtime NBA writer Jackie MacMullan have opened old wounds that were never apparently addressed face to face.

According to the New York Post, Johnson’s book alleges that Thomas went around the league spreading the rumor and trying to find proof that Magic was gay or bisexual after Johnson announced that he had HIV. Magic admits in the book that he went out of his way to blackball Thomas off of the initial Dream Team in 1992 (“Nobody on that team wanted to play with him,” Johnson says in the book)  that went on to win the gold medal at the Olympics in Barcelona. Johnson perhaps feeling guilty for the past, alleges he persuaded former Madison Square Garden president Steve Mills to hire Thomas to run the Knicks in 2004. Thomas told earlier this week that he is “really hurt” over criticisms levied by Johnson

“It’s so hypocritical,” Thomas, now coaching at Florida International University in Miami, said. “There is this public person and then there is this B.S. person. There’s Earvin and then there’s Magic . . . It’s just like the line he perpetuated that he got me the Knicks’ job. Oh, yeah? Ask Jim Dolan. Ask Barry Watkins. That’s a lie.”


5 Responses to “Magic Johnson blindsides Isiah Thomas in new book”

  1. Sonny Phillips on October 23rd, 2009 12:21 pm

    Does anyone really care….Simple things for simple minds….

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  5. Ben on December 13th, 2009 4:31 pm

    Hey! I went to Costco and got my book signed by Magic! Check it out…

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