Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas Mend Relationship After Decades-Long Beef

"You are my brother. Let me apologize if I hurt you, that we haven't been together and God is good to bring us back together."

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The 25-year-old feud between Hall of Famers Irvin “Magic” Johnson and Isiah Thomas has come to an end. The pair appeared on NBATV’s special, “Players Only Monthly” Tuesday, Dec. 19 and the reunion was an emotional one.

Johnson and Thomas’ strife began after the 1988 and 1989 NBA Finals where the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Detroit Pistons. By the time the 1992 Olympic Games rolled around, things had truly fallen apart. Johnson admitted in the 2009 book, “When the Game Was Ours” that he helped keep Thomas off the legendary Dream Team. Why? He believed Thomas was instrumental in spreading rumors that Johnson’s was gay or bisexual.

Today, things have changed and the two tearfully hugged it out on-air.

“You are my brother,” Johnson says. “Let me apologize if I hurt you, that we haven’t been together and God is good to bring us back together.”


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The emotions were high both on screen and off, as viewers tweeted about how the reunion affected them.

Spots stars chimed in with their thoughts, too.

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