Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson shed tears in emotional reconciliation

Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson shed tears in emotional reconciliation”

That's what happened with Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas, whose relationship began to deteriorate after the Lakers and Pistons met in back-to-back NBA Finals in 1988 and 1989. But, you are my brother.

Johnson was hoping to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their second straight title and third in four seasons while Thomas was the leading man in a Detroit Pistons revival.

Still, as nice a moment as it was, neither men addressed why it took nearly 30 years for the two to finally make up, nor what the heart of the issue with each other was in the first place.

Johnson and Thomas' reconciliation proves that although sports can become more than a game, there is nothing more important than forgiveness. "Let me apologize if I hurt you, that we haven't been together and God is good to bring us back together", Johnson said as the two started to tear up before shaking hands.

The Lakers legend claimed that he helped to keep him off the team because Thomas had spread a rumor about his sexuality.

"Isiah killed his own chances when it came to the Olympics", said Johnson.

The pair were once best friends and broke a mold in an era where players from opposing teams rarely shared a friendship off the court.

"I'm just disappointed and hurt", Thomas told The Associated Press at the time of the book's release. "Who was saying, 'We need this guy?' Nobody". "I wish he would have had the courage to say this stuff to me face to face, as opposed to writing it in some damn book to sell and he can make money off it".

In a condensed highlight of the interview by NBA TV, Johnson reminisced their glory days as friendly rivals when they were dominating the NBA in the 1980s before apologizing to Thomas. "There's this public person and then there's this b.s. person", he added.

Johnson and Thomas had countless encounters in the decades since their friendship dissolved, but the two reportedly never confronted these issues.

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