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Once the best of friends, their relationship went sideways after Magic’s Lakers and Isiah’s Pistons met in back-to-back NBA Finals in 1988 and 1989.
Things deteriorated even further when Magic fought to keep Thomas off the 1992 Olympic Dream Team. Magic admitted in his book, co-authored with Larry Bird and Jackie MacMullan, that he helped keep Thomas off the team because he believed Thomas had spread rumors about his sexuality in 1991 after he announced that he had contracted the HIV virus.
But all was put behind them during NBATV’s “Players Only” Monthly special, which aired on Tuesday night with the two as guests.
“This has been a tremendous day,” Johnson said. “My wife, my mother, my father have been saying y’all need to get back together. So when everybody called, I said no question we’re going to do this. And just to sit across from you and relive those moments of fun, excellence, working hard, dreaming big. Who sits up at 19 or 21 dreaming of stuff we wanted to do and now we are here doing it.
“You are my brother. Let me apologize if I hurt you, that we haven’t been together and God is good to bring us back together.”
The two then shared a long, tearful embrace.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 20, 2017
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