Michael Jordan said that he had nothing to do with Isiah not being there, but of course he did. What is supposed to say? Jordan spent his career saying the “right things.”
He does that as good as he plays.
Plus the NBA never liked the Bad Boy Piston team that Isiah lead. Their physical, low scoring, and defensive style was something the league wanted nothing to do with.
The Pistons had just lost a series to the Chicago Bulls after which they walked off the court without shaking hands. That didn’t help the teams, or Thomas’ image.
Detroit was upset that the Bulls public complaints of their physical style of play had obviously been well received. They weren't allowed to play their normal game, you couldn't touch much less bump and grind anymore.
They wanted more scoring in the league and the Pistons out of the limelight.
Did any that even matter in the Olympic Game though? Everyone basically knew it was going to be a blowout exhibition. It was more of a display tour than a tournament.
Myself I just think that Jordan had something to say about Isiah being on the team. Where there is smoke, there is usually fire. Rumors don’t come from nowhere.
And Mike can be a beyotch like that.
More than anything with the body of work of his career, Isiah should have definitely been on that team. He was a champion in the NCAA and twice in the NBA.
Stockton had never even played for a championship on any level. Why would he be chosen to go win a gold medal?
It would have been nice to hear the coach publicly support his star player. Even if its nothing he can do, he can say how he feels.
When you've earned something, you've earned it. Bottom line.
I wish somebody would just tell it like it is.
American political bullsh*t.
What else is new in this country.