Charles Barkley would've been fine with Isiah Thomas being on the Dream Team

With tonight’s Dream Team documentary said to feature a large amount of Isiah Thomas controversy — namely, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and perhaps others allegedly lobbied to keep Isiah off the team — it’s nice to hear at least one person wasn’t fighting too hard against Isiah’s inclusion. Via Sports Radio Interviews, here’s Charles Barkley on Thomas from the Dan Patrick Show:

Whether it’s true that players didn’t want Isiah Thomas on the Dream Team in 1992:

“That’s not true. (Host: Oh I think that’s true. I don’t think Michael (Jordan) and Scottie (Pippen) wanted Isiah on that team.) They didn’t ask any of the other players about that. (Host: Did you want Isiah on the team.) Sure I didn’t care. I didn’t care who was on the team.”

Barkley also played on the 1996 Olympic team, which featured Piston Grant Hill. He doesn’t implicate Hill in any of this, but I found this comment pretty interesting:

What it was like playing Dream Team in 92:

“People forget I played on the second Dream Team. The second Dream Team really sucked. I have to tell you something and I’ve said this privately and a few times publicly, we had so much junk going on about playing time, who was starting on the second Dream Team and on the first Dream Team we never had any of that. I’m playing with the greatest team ever assembled and everybody got along well, did we try to kill each other in practice? Of course we did but we went back to the hotel and everybody got along well, everybody respected each other and it was really cool. Then when I played the second time in Atlanta man guys were arguing with Lenny Wilkens and talking about who should be starting. 1992 was like the greatest thing ever as far as camaraderie and everybody getting along. Then in ‘96 I was like ‘you guys are kidding me, I played with the greatest team ever, and you guys aren’t that good and you’re complaining about who is starting and who is getting playing time?’ You have to be kidding me. It was incredible.”

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