Pistons legend Isiah Thomas said given the benefit of hindsight, he wouldn't have led the Pistons off the floor without shaking hands against the Chicago Bulls in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals.
“Absolutely,” Thomas said in an episode of NBA TV's "Open Court," which will air next Tuesday evening, “… looking back, we all should have taken the high road ... I resisted it for about six to eight months."
Thomas said he and his teammates felt the Bulls, then led by Michael Jordan and coach Phil Jackson, disrespected the then-two-time champions by saying the Pistons were "bad for basketball" the day before the Bulls swept the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
It's a moment that arguably cost Thomas a spot on the famed U.S. Olympic "Dream Team," and many have felt it tarnished the Pistons' legacy. However, many fans in the area didn't disagree with the decision at the time.
"We had dethroned the Celtics and Lakers, we felt we deserved a little respect as a champion," Thomas said. "They went on a day tirade about how we were bad for the game, in our town."