FOR years i wondered why ISAAIH THOMAS wasn't on THE dream team...Some said it was because Jordan didn't want to play with him..But in Magic's new book..Magic claims Jordan wasn't the only 1 who didn't want Thomas on the team..HE said Pippen, Bird and Malone all stated they wouldn't take part in the games if Thomas was a member of the team..Magic said he didn't lobby for Thomas addition ..But wasn't against Thomas playing on the team....I heard Magic and Thomas friendship ended during the 1988 FINALS..Magic lost love for Thomas way back then..He claimed Thomas was behind The Pistons dirty tactics and unsportsmanlike conduct on their way to the championship that year...Maybe Magic didn't want Thomas on the team either..And Privately he spearheaded Thomas's omission..So When the team was announced...Fans were in disbelief when Thomas the 2nd best point guard in the league at the time...Just a few years earlier he had helped lead his team to back to back titles...Many found it hard to believe Thomas wasn't a part of the greatest collection of talent ever put together..That was going to reclaim AMERICA'S DOMINANCE as The Basketball Power of The WORLD...Fans blamed the Olympic Committee..But what they didn't know was Thomas was denied by his peers...SO I WAS THINKING...IF the players denied Thomas ..Maybe SHAQ was denied also...AT THE TIME O'Neal Was The Most Hyped Big Man to come along in almost a decade....Did the players say they didn't want to play if Shaq was a part of THE DREAM TEAM???
uhmm, you need to have at least some ounce of reasoning behind shaq not being there other then he was better then Leatnner. Honestly, I have no idea why Leattner was there. There were a number of proven nba players who should have been ahead of him. But as for shaq, to suggest the team boycotted him is pure specualtion.
wazzup llperez22? no..nobody knows ...I was only speculating...With all the undercover stuff that goes on..Who knows? But the IOC did state they wanted at least 1 college player on the team....WHY NOT SHAQ???
yeah, i hear you. I mean if rudeboy got negative points, then you know hate runs deep.
92 Dream Team, Shaq wasn't drafted till 92, not sure why Laettner was on the team.
Either way with Ewing and Robinson in their primes and healthy no need for Shaq the team won by like 50 every game.
They wanted a college player, and Christian Laettner was the Golden Boy and just coming off an NCAA title. Also, they already had David Robinson and Patrick Ewing in the post, so I am guessing that also played a part. No doubt Shaquille O'Neal on that team would have made it even that much more fun to watch though. Of course Zo would have been an upgrade over Christian Laettner as well, but a young Shaquille O'Neal with that group of legends would be something incredible. Too bad it never happened, but I do not at all think they would have boycotted Shaquille, they most likely wanted him much more than Laettner, who I do not think many of them were very keen on. I know Barkley pantsed him, and I am sure he got hell for being the college Golden Boy amongst established incredible professionals, many of whom were in their prime.