Remember the whole book incident? Well Magic came out and clarified the whole ordeal.
Sports Illustrated: Magic Johnson on Monday addressed criticisms he made about Isiah Thomas that revealed a split between the two former friends.
In the forthcoming book When the Game Was Ours, which he co-wrote with Larry Bird and author Jackie MacMullan, Johnson disclosed that he helped blackball Thomas from the 1992 Olympic Dream Team and that he believed Thomas was responsible for spreading rumors about his sexuality after Magic tested positive for HIV in 1991.
During a conference call with Bird to promote the book, which will be released Wednesday, Johnson was asked why he decided to detail the nature of his relationship with Thomas now.
“I think it was time,” Johnson said. “We had an incredible relationship. We used to do everything together back in the day and then that kind of faded during those two championships [when the Lakers and Pistons met in the 1988 and ’89 NBA Finals]. It really went in opposite directions from then. Even today, though, I want Isiah to be successful. I’m sure he wants me to be successful even though we’re not what we used to be in terms of our friendship. But sometimes what happened at the Olympics and on and on has to be revealed.”
Johnson said that despite the fractured relationship, he has remained cordial with Thomas. Magic reiterated that he helped persuade the Knicks to hire Thomas as team president in 2003.
“When [Madison Square Garden Sports president] Steve Mills was deciding on that Knick job and offered it to me, I was the one who told him to call Isiah because I thought Isiah could do a good job,” Johnson said.