USA Basketball Grudge Matches: Michael Jordan vs. Isiah Thomas, Charles Barkley vs. Bobby Knight, & Vince Carter vs. Frederic Weiss
However, beef isn’t limited to professional hoops; clashes occur with national teams and at international competitions, too. With the upcoming Americas Tournament, we decided to list the biggest quarrels in Team USA history and give you the opportunity to weigh in on who won the beef.
On Fridays, HoopsVibe The Blog celebrates a thing we call beef. We look at the conflicts, disputes, and dramas circulating the world of professional basketball.
However, beef isn’t limited to professional hoops; clashes occur with national teams and at international competitions, too. With the upcoming Americas Tournament, we decided to list the biggest quarrels in USA Basketball’s history and then give you the opportunity to weigh in on who won the beef.
Read the article below and get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.
Main Event: Michael Jordan vs. Isiah Thomas
In the 1985 All-Star game, Thomas and several Eastern Conference teammates were accused of freezing-out Michael Jordan. Basically, they were jealous of His Airness and refused to pass him the ball. Thomas and Jordan never denied the story.
In 1991, and met in the Eastern Conference Finals.
One year later, in 1992, Thomas was omitted from the US Dream Team squad that competed in the Barcelona Olympics. Many believe Thomas was passed over because Jordan refused to have him as a teammate. Hard feelings still exist between these two.
The Winner: I give the edge to Jordan. His Airness had a superb career; however, both have struggled as NBA executives.
Undercard Bout #1: Charles Barkley vs. Bobby Knight
The year was 1984. Bobby Knight was at the peak of his chair-tossing coaching career. Barkley was emerging as an elite college player. Sir Charles tried out for Knight’s Olympic team and promptly got cut. The emotional coach wasn’t a fan of Barkley’s loud style and mouth.
The Winner: I got to give this beef to Knight. I love Sir Charles. But the 1984 American team won the gold medal at the L.A. Olympics. Bottom line: Knight gets results.
Undercard Bout #2 Vince Carter vs. Frederic Weiss
The Winner: . These two don’t have beef, but I needed an excuse to show the greatest poster job in the history of international basketball. I love the reaction of the Euro commentators. And I think I’ll let Carter and his cousin, Tracy McGrady, explain how half-man, half-amazing leapfrogged a 7"2" center.
What’s your reaction to some of the past controversy surrounding USA Basketball? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.
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