In 1991, USA Basketball put together a collection of NBA professionals to represent America in the 1992 Olympics. The organization denied a spot to Isiah Thomas, despite the fact that he had been the lead guard on two of the three previous NBA championship squads. John Stockton, the reigning assists per game leader (at a ridiculous 14.2 per game), was chosen ahead of Thomas, as rumors about Isiah’s dodgy relationship with some of the other players on the USA Men’s Basketball team swirled.
Two weeks into the 1991-92 NBA season, when Thomas’ Detroit Pistons matched up against Stockton’s Utah Jazz, Isiah Thomas hung 44 points on John Stockton.
A month later, Stockton’s teammate Karl Malone did this to Isiah Thomas:
Thomas ended up missing two games with the injury, both Pistons wins, although he did return to play token second half minutes after taking the shot.
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