Shaq wants to broker peace between two infamous NBA rivals
Shaquille O’Neal is trying for the NBA version of the Camp David Accords.
On a recent episode of his “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” the retired center great O’Neal said that he would like to produce a sitdown special between two bitter NBA rivals — Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas.
“I’m gonna try to get that produced,” said O’Neal. “A conversation between Michael and Isiah.”
The NBA sitdown, where two ex-rivals hash it out face to face and make amends, has become a popular concept in recent years. Thomas previously had one with old adversary Magic Johnson, and O’Neal himself had one with former teammate Kobe Bryant before Bryant’s passing in 2020.
That said, getting Jordan and Thomas to sit down together will be a whole different beast. The two had some of the most acrimonious battles during their respective playing careers and seemed to legitimately loathe each other. There is too, of course, the famous story about how Jordan kept Thomas off “The Dream Team” in 1992 (allegedly).
Jordan and Thomas also started to go at it again in recent years after Jordan took more shots at Thomas in ESPN’s 2020 series “The Last Dance.” If the salty comments that Thomas made right back at Jordan just this week are any indication, the two will not be breaking bread together any time soon.
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Photo: May 20, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former NBA player and current TNT television personality Shaquille O’Neal prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports