In the beginning of the NBA season, and before college basketball gets underway, I like digging around for the juicer kind of basketball stories. And this one is the juiciest of them all.
According to SI.com, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan purposely lobbied to keep Isiah Thomas off of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team for personal reasons.
The admission was made by Magic himself, in a book that he co-wrote with Larry Bird.
When The Game Was Ours features a section in which Magic accuses Isiah of spreading a rumor that he was gay. As a result, Magic played a key role in keeping Isiah from participating in the Olympics.
The book itself chronicles the parallel careers of Magic and Bird.
Image: Zuma Press