'The Last Dance' takeaways: Michael Jordan dismisses Isiah Thomas' explanation for not shaking hands after playoff loss



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Michael Jordan rolled his eyes. He had no interest in hearing what former Detroit Pistons star Isiah Thomas had to say.

Almost 29 years after the Chicago Bulls swept the Pistons in the 1991 Eastern Conference finals, Thomas offered a detailed explanation on why he and his other teammates refused to shake hands with the Bulls.

“I know it’s all bull—-,” Jordan said in the fourth episode of “The Last Dance,” the 10-part documentary on Jordan’s NBA career and the 1997-98 Bulls’ season. “Whatever he says now, you know it wasn’t his true actions then. He has time left to think about it, or the reaction from the public has changed his perspective.”

Nonetheless, director Jason Hehir gave Jordan an iPad to watch footage of Thomas’ explanation on why he and Pistons teammate Bill Laimbeer were among the players that left the floor with 7.9 seconds remaining without congratulating the Bulls.

“You can show me anything you want,” Jordan said.”There’s no way you can convince me he wasn’t a (jerk).”

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