What’s up Yard?! Its ya boy B-wood! I’m here in Chicago getting ready for our last preseason game against the Bulls. I’m looking forward to coming out and having a good showing and building on that for the regular season (which starts next week)! While in Chicago, I’ve been intrigued by a particular topic involving one of my idols – the great Magic Johnson.
Magic has recently released a new book in which he takes Isiah Thomas to task. Magic accuses Isiah of spreading rumors about him being a homosexual when he announced that he was HIV positive and then goes on to say that Michael Jordan wasn’t the only guy who didn’t want Isiah on the Olympic Dream Team. He said that several guys played a part in black-balling Isiah and that no one really wanted him on that team.
When I first read these comments, I thought that Magic and Isiah were good friends, especially after that NBA Finals kissing episode. I also thought that Isiah was instrumental in getting Magic into his last NBA All-Star game when a lot of other players were scared to play with him because he was HIV positive. Isiah was one of the players who really stood up for Magic. Now, while I don’t know what has gone on with these two over the past couple of years that led to these negative comments on both sides, I do think that some things are “better left unsaid.”
Magic has always been a class act and first rate human being and there’s no need for him to stop now. These kinds of comments can only spark controversy, especially when you put them in a book. I’m not trying to criticize Magic like that because he is a Hall-of-famer and one of the all-time greats, I just believe that if you have a problem with someone, you take it to them, handle it man-to-man and say it to their face. And if you feel the need to put it in a book, at least have the courtesy to let the person know what’s being said so that they (and their family) are not blindsided by it when it comes out.
That being said, Magic is still of one of my favorite players of all time and I love him to death. I just don’t agree with him on this one. And like I said before, some things are “better left unsaid.”
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Aight yard, I’m gone!