The Racial Divide: Skin Color Play a Role in Isiah’s Exclusion From Dream Team?

September 1st, 2010 by Brett Roberts Leave a reply »
Just what is it that kept Isiah Thomas off the 1992 Dream Team that competed in Barcelona?  Was Chris Mullin a better choice? Mullin was a player who had never won a championship (Isiah won 2) and who never lead a team (was always second fiddle)?

Sure, Mullin might have scored more, but Isiah was just coming off leading the Bad Boys Piston team to back to back titles, all while averaging 20+ ppg and 10+ apg. 

And dare I mention Dominique Wilkins, the other really notable exclusion?  If you're going to put Mullin on the team solely for the fact he has scored a lot of points, how do you keep Dominique off?

The more you look back on the decision, the fishier it seems.  Moreover, why was Laettner selected out of the college ranks when there was already Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning to choose from.  Was it Laettner's Duke All-White pedigree that led him to being selected for the honor of being on one of the greatest teams, if not THE greatest, ever?

Mullin was a great player; don't get me wrong.  He just wasn't more accomplished or better than Isiah Thomas or Dominique Wilkins.  Winning two cha ...

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