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Pistons legend Isiah Thomas regrets actions after Eastern Conference Finals in 1991

Over the last couple of weeks, the sports worlds have been engulfed in ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary that follows the Chicago Bulls for the 1997-98 season.

Within that, it revisited the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals playoff series against the Detroit Pistons. It detailed the Pistons’ decision to walk off the court before the game ended, which is a decision that Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas has voiced that he regrets unfolding the way it did. (H/T ESPN)


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“I’ve paid a heavy price for that decision,” Thomas said. “And in paying that price — I understand this is the sports world and everything else, but at the same time, looking back over it in terms of how we felt at that particular time, our emotional state and how we exited the floor — we actually gave the world the opportunity to look at us in a way that we never really tried to position ourselves in or project ourselves in that way. So it’s unfortunate that it happened.”


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Although Thomas regrets how the entire matter unfolded, he has continued to voice those were his emotions at that moment in his career. That makes it difficult to decipher what his most-recent comments about the matter genuinely indicate.

Meanwhile, Michael Jordan voiced during the documentary that he doesn’t believe a word that Thomas has to say now about the matter. Nonetheless, it’s a moment that will always draw strong emotions from both sides as it was a defining juncture in the rivalry.

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