ESPN’s Michael Wilbon apologized to Isiah Thomas on Monday for incorrectly stating nine members of the 1992 “Dream Team” didn’t want Thomas to play with them in the Olympics.
Wilbon said the actual figure was “nowhere near” nine people.
“Multiple sources reached out to tell me I’m dead wrong to say 9 members of the Dream Team objected to Isiah being on the ’92 Olympic team,” Wilbon wrote on Twitter. “Nowhere near that number objected. My apologies to Isiah for getting it wrong.”
Thomas quote-tweeted the apology thanking Wilbon for correcting his remarks.
Wilbon’s initial comments came on “The Jump” on Monday when asked by Rachel Nichols to describe the reasons Thomas might have been snubbed. As shown in “The Last Dance” documentary series about Michael Jordan’s career, there is widespread belief that Jordan’s feud with Thomas was the main factor in the decision.
“Hanging that on Michael Jordan is just inaccurate,” Wilbon contended. “That group of people, I’m going to say nine out of 12, they made it known to whomever that this wasn’t somebody they wanted in their summer camp.”
Thomas was a key member of the “Bad Boy” Pistons, and he certainly rubbed some competitors the wrong way over the course of his career. But it’s apparently not true nine members of Team USA vetoed his inclusion in the Olympics.