A friendship that was reportedly first fractured in 1988 — and went through some uglier times after that — was repaired in an emotional moment on NBA TV in an episode that aired Tuesday night.

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Two of the biggest names in the state of Michigan’s basketball history, Isiah Thomas and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, sat down for a one on one discussion about how their relationship grew, deteriorated and then was rebuilt.

NBATV aired a one-hour sit-down between the once inseparable pair last night, and it did not disappoint.


In a book Magic wrote with Larry Bird and Jackie MacMullan in 2009, the Lakers legend admitted that he helped keep Thomas off the 1992 Dream Team because he believed the Pistons guard questioned his sexuality in 1991 after he announced that he had contracted the HIV virus.

During their face to face meeting, Magic apologized to Isiah and both men started to cry before embracing in a long hug.

“We’ve been on the public stage since we were 18, 19 years old,” Thomas said. “People got to see our journey, our ups, and downs, our competitiveness. The break-up, the get back together … And for the Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, for the Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook right now, what Magic and I have to show for all people in terms of relationships is that you can have some bad times, you can have some good times, and the love that you have for each other, as men, as human beings, in the relationship, that can sustain and that can come back together.”

Time heals all wounds. It’s never too late to pick up the pieces. We fall down, but we get up. Same is true for lost friendships.