After Isiah Thomas and the big stars decided to freeze Jordan in the 1985 All-Star game, the rookie took revenge by scoring 49 points on Isiah Thomas in the next game.
In his rookie season, Michael Jordan established himself as one of the best players in the NBA, displaying incredible maturity and dominance on both sides of the field.
His phenomenal rookie season earned him his first All-Star appearance in the 1984/85 season. This occasion was intended to promote his new collaboration with Nike and Air Jordan shoes.
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According to Dr. Charles Tucker wanted the rest of the NBA stars to “freeze” Jordan during the main event. Tucker who advised Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas against said they wanted to teach him a lesson.
“The boys weren’t happy with his behavior here. They decided to teach him a lesson. In defense Magic and George were hard on him, and on offense they just didn’t give him the ball. That’s why they laugh.” said Charles Tucker.
Jordan, on the other hand, never wanted to impose his popularity. He didn’t want to overshadow other players. Michael looked up to many of them as a child, especially Julius Erving.
“When I went there, I was very quiet. I didn’t want to go there and act like a big rookie, and you have to respect me.” Jordan later stated.
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Michael Jordan lost 49 points to Isiah Thomas and the Pistons after the 1985 All-Star game freeze
The rivalry between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas has long been attributed to a well-documented theory. The Detroit Pistons point guard reportedly froze Jordan during the 1985 NBA All-Star Game. The players made sure that the ball did not reach his hands.
Jordan entered the All-Star Game and was very popular. But several stars, including Johnson, Thomas and George Gervin, decided to give him a run for his money. Magic and Gervin defended MJ brilliantly, while Thomas refused to pass the ball to Jordan.
All players involved refused to acknowledge a freeze-out.
📅 On this day in 1985, @Chicago Bulls rookie Michael Jordan had 49 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a 139-126 win over the Pistons.
This was Jordan’s first game after the alleged All-Star freezeout. Since then, no rookie has scored at least 45p/15r/5a in a single game. pic.twitter.com/Dbt1q3bA2P
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) February 12, 2021
Jordan was enraged by this and decided to take revenge. He had 49 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals against Thomas’ Detroit Pistons just two days after the All-Star Game. Larry Jordan, his father, was not surprised and stated that he knew his son was mentally strong.
“There were a few other things that happened over the course of his career that I was aware of,” said Larry. “Like after the 1985 NBA All-Star Game, when Isaiah and Michael were eliminated. Guess who should play him in the next game? He had 49 points against Thomas’ Pistons in the Bulls’ first game back from the All-Star break, which the Bulls won in overtime. He has an unfathomable killer instinct and a will to win like I’ve never seen before.”
Jordan may have taken this personally, as he often does, and it may have played a part in his storied career.
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