While Charles Barkley hopes that he and his longtime friend Michael Jordan can one day amend their broken relationship, Isiah Thomas may never have that chance. There is certainly no love lost between Zeke and His Airness, highlighted by the alleged “freeze-out” of Jordan at the 1985 NBA All-Star Game, the legendary handshake snub after Jordan and the Bulls swept the Pistons in 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, and, of course, the drama of the 1992 Dream Team snub. Combined with Thomas’s other feuds and rivalries, it was never hard to understand why the Pistons legend felt “exiled” from the NBA.
But at least he still has his Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team to earn the small victories. On Wednesday night, the 13th-ranked Hoosiers pulled off a stunning 76-67 upset of the No. 3 UNC Tar Heels in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. As players and fans celebrated the huge win, so did Thomas and the rest of the 1981 IU championship team, who were honored before the game (along with Cubs slugger and IU alum Kyle Schwarber). But Thomas used his celebration to throw a little shade at Jordan, waving around a giant cutout of the Crying Jordan face.
Somewhere, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets is probably very hurt by the actions of the president of the New York Liberty.