We are now four episodes into ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” and one of the biggest debates that has emerged is a re-litigation of the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons’ now-infamous decision to walk off the floor as the Chicago Bulls finally beat them in the 1991 Eastern Conference finals.
To Michael Jordan and the rest of the Bulls, it was an unsportsmanlike and petty reaction to losing to a rival.
Hearing it from Isiah Thomas in the documentary, though, it was just what great teams did at the time.
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Specifically, it was what the 1988 Boston Celtics did when they lost to those same Pistons.
Thomas is saying the Pistons did it because the Celtics had done it to them, and they didn’t know it would be such a big deal until after the fact.
As pointed out by CBS Sports, Thomas has been asked about the walk-off in the past. His answer has significantly changed.
Flip the Page to see his story change throughout the years: