McHale shares his thoughts
While speaking on Houston’s ESPN 97.5 The Game, McHale had alot more to say besides simply stating that Zeke was snubbed from the Dream Team.
“I think Isiah was definitely black-listed on the Dream Team. There’s no doubt about that. From just a body of work and what he had done through the 80s, I thought he should have been on that team.”
Not only does McHale believe that Zeke should’ve been on the team, but he also believes that Thomas was black-listed, which is a strong word to use. But Thomas was known to get rather chippy and continue to push the envelope after the whistle, which earned him the reputation of being a dirty player.
The former Houston Rockets coach also spoke about Isiah’s reputation around the league.
“I always liked his feistiness. He was a feisty little guy. He’d cheap shot you, but that never bothered me. Isiah didn’t care if you liked him. I think he would walk off today. If you asked Isiah right now if someone didn’t like him, he’d say he didn’t care.”
It’s interesting that McHale admitted to Thomas being a dirty player in the same interview that he proclaims that he was black-listed off the Olympic team. This is rather odd because many believe this was the very reason Zeke was snubbed, as it’s believed that many of the league’s best players didn’t like his style of play.
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