NBA / Oct 23, 2009 / 2:00 pm

Reebok Still Talkin’ Quote of the Day – 10.23

Reebok Still Talkin'

Kobe and Captain Jack‘s rivalry is nothing compared to what has apparently been brewing since the early 90s between two of the greatest point guards of all time. Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson were so close during their playing days they famously exchanged a kiss before tipoff of the 1988 NBA Finals. I’m sure when Zeke heard Magic and the “Hick from French Lick” were co-authoring a book, he expected to take some shots from Larry Bird (he did fire him in Indiana), but he was blindsided by Magic.

In the book, “When the Game was Ours,” Magic goes all in on Zeke airing out dirty laundry that no one (including Isiah) knew was dirty. Magic alleges that he was part of the conspiracy that kept Isiah off the dream team, that he got Isiah his job with the Knicks and that Zeke questioned Magic’s sexuality. Needless to say Isiah felt a little betrayed and he fired back providing our Reebok Still Talkin’ Quote of the Day.

“People who know me and my family and what I stand for will laugh at Magic and his beliefs. I’m tired of getting punched and people using me because they think I’m not going to say anything. Those days are over. Game on.”

Isiah has attracted criticism over the years and has been villianized by everyone associated with the NBA from Bill Simmons to Stephon Marbury. He grew up on the west side of Chicago with eight brothers and sisters and has always been the little man, so bullying isn’t new to him. Isiah won’t let his former best friend use him to sell copies of his new book. Isiah has declared war on Magic Johnson. Now I’m just waiting for Zeke to say, “Hey Earvin, remember when I dropped 25 points on you, in the 3rd quarter, in the NBA Finals?”

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  • Mack Brownee

    let the games begin

  • BRUCE

    I was blind-sided then those two kissed! EW!

    Magic probably got the virus from Isiah!

  • BRUCE

    I was blind-sided when those two kissed!

  • Promoman

    Looks like Isiah is learning about the Golden Rule & karma 1st hand. He’s a fucking snake, but Magic is a closet asshole too. Hell, he sided with Isiah in freezing out MJ in the ’85 ASG, as did Larry Bird and George Gervin. He looks like a hypocrite pulling that shit with the Dream Team. At least MJ had a valid motive for payback after Isiah pulled his shit. We damn sure can’t forget that Magic single-handedly started the players getting firing coaches trend too when he got Paul Westhead axed. I hope Magic talked about Karl Malone & A.C. Green too because they publically talked about not playing with him because of his illness.

  • Kermit the Washington

    You’re right Promoman….BUT

    It’s something about when someone you’re close to does something that you take as a “betrayal”. You lose all rationale. I forgot about Karl and A.C. saying that stuff back then, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Magic forgot too…he’s too worried about being betrayed by Isaiah.

    I think that’s why all them guys like bird and mike have ostracized dude so bad; every time zeke did something against them they took it waaaay worse than if it was someone else.

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Trash Talk

    Why don’t you just switch teams and sub in for me on D….Cause you can’t shoot at ALL!

  • Ric Hardwood

    Trash Talk…

    Man, you’re easier to score on than your sister…
    (bonus points if dude has a hot sister)

  • dh

    Jackie MacMullan, who is the co-writer of the book said on PTI that magic started to talk about his relationship with isaiah a couple of times but then had to stop because he was so upset and sad about it. also, she goes on to say that none of the dream team players stood up for thomas to be included. it wasn’t a conspiracy, players just didn’t like him and a lot of them were in fact open about it.

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4586785&categoryid=2459788

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Cause I really want the shoes here are two more classics from Shaq (about Yao):

    “You tell Yao Ming “Ching-chong-yang-wow-ah so.”

    and

    “I look forward to breaking down that muthafu_ks body, he said my name three times, two in Chinese and one in American. You don’t ever call me out. I’m from LSU.”

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