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TNT Sports Presents the American Express 'Magic' Johnson All Star Celebration

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NBA players are sometimes so passionate that it can carry over into their personal relationships off the court. That’s what happened with Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas, whose relationship began to deteriorate after the Lakers and Pistons met in back-to-back NBA Finals in 1988 and 1989.

Things went further south a few years later, when Magic fought to keep Thomas off the 1992 Dream Team. Magic admitted in a book that he co-authored with Larry Bird and Jackie MacMullan that he helped keep Thomas off the team because he felt Thomas had spread rumors about his sexuality in 1991 after he announced that he had contracted the HIV virus.

So the emotions were flowing during their reunion on NBATV’s Players Only Monthlyspecial, which aired on Tuesday night.

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