*Detroit Pistons great Isiah Thomas admitted the team could have shown a little more class after they were swept by the Chicago Bulls in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals.
The Bad Boys saw their run of dominance end when they were run off the floor at home and they skedaddled without shaking the hands of their opponents.
Thomas, an NBA TV analyst, was asked by TNT’s Ernie Johnson during a taping of NBA TV’s “Open Court” if there were any regrets.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Looking back, we all should have taken the high road.”
Thomas said the action was retaliation for the Bulls’ lack of respect for what the Pistons, two-time champions, had accomplished.
“Before the Bulls swept us in ’91, I remember clearly, “Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson, and everyone, because they swept us in Detroit, and they went on a day-and-a-half tirade about how we were bad for the game, we were bad people, how (Bill) Laimbeer was a thug … in our town, they were getting ready to win, they were up 3-0,” Thomas said. “And then they had this press conference just totally disrespecting us as champions. They went on to sweep us and the decision was made, you know, to just walk off.”
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