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“Isiah Thomas deserved to be on the Dream Team”: When Clyde Drexler Sat Next to Scottie Pippen and Supported Pistons Legend

Trikansh Kher
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“Isiah Thomas deserved to be on the Dream Team”: When Clyde Drexler Sat Next to Scottie Pippen and Supported Pistons Legend

The “Dream Team” is widely considered the greatest team ever assembled. The 1992 United States men’s basketball team had a lineup that had some of the greatest players of all time. Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, and of course, Michael Jordan were among them. Isiah Thomas however, was mysteriously left out of the team. This would become one of the most controversial decisions in basketball history.

Pippen and Drexler Divided over Isiah Thomas in the Dream Team

Years later Clyde Drexler and Scottie Pippen, both members of the Dream Team, would be asked about it in an interview.

Pippen would flatly declare that he did not want to play with Isiah Thomas. The Bulls legend would claim that there was no room for Thomas in that team.

Clyde Drexler however would disagree. The legendary player’s answer deserves to be quoted in full.

“Well, I disagree with all that. I think the guy gets there on his own merit and look in an Olympic team, it’s all about camaraderie, you have to get along with your teammates. And because he was alienated from those guys. I don’t think anybody else had a problem with him. David Robinson, myself, Patrick, you know, we had no problem with Isiah. Isiah played an eleven-season guy and he was an all-star every season, one of the best point guards to ever play the game. So, he deserved to be on that team, especially with his head coach as our head coach, Chuck Daly. And so, the reason he was not was that we’d be together for long stretches of time and you had to get along with your teammates. But in terms of his talent, I think he should’ve been on that team.”

So there you have it. Two of the game’s greatest divided on Isiah Thomas’ exclusion from the Dream Team. The controversy is not likely to abate any time soon.

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Jordan’s Dislike of Isiah Thomas

Indeed, Michael Jordan would address the issue in the Last Dance. Jordan’s dislike of the Piston’s legend continues to this day. All of this are further proof for theories that it was Jordan’s dislike of Thomas that led to his exclusion from the Dream Team.

Isiah Thomas retired as a legend. He was the only person arguably to beat Jordan in his prime, in 1989 and 1990. His exclusion from the team at a time when he was playing brilliantly continues was baffling. However, Clyde Drexler’s answer is proof that not everyone hated Isiah.

Read more: Chuck Daly Once Warned Charles Barkley About Michael Jordan’s Superiority Over Him

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Trikansh Kher

Trikansh Kher

Trikansh Kher is a writer at The Sports Rush. A lawyer by education, Trikansh has always been around sports. As a young track athlete Trikansh was introduced to basketball through 'street ball' mixtapes. He was hooked and it has been 'ball is life' ever since. Trikansh is a designer by profession, but couldn't keep away from basketball. A regular on the blacktop, his love for the game goes further than just hooping. If Trikansh isn't going through box scores for last night's game, you can find him in his studio working on his designs or playing squash at the local club.

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