Once again that chimera that will not die, that hideous beast that will not go away, has dragged its repulsive body into the Detroit Piston locker room. I am speaking, of course, of racism.
Dennis Rodman and Isiah Thomas say eight-time All-Pro and three-time MVP Larry Bird is overrated and receives all of his accolades only because of the color of his skin. I can dismiss Rodman's remarks as the peevish outburst of a feckless youth.
Thomas should know better. This is the man who was shaking his fist defiantly in the air after every basket he made in Game 2 while the game was still in the first half. Needless to say, he lived to regret his foolishness. He should be disappointed in himself for turning sure victory in Game 5 into defeat by throwing a pass which Mr. Overrated turned into a Celtic victory.
It is perhaps a shame that Thomas quit Indiana University after his sophomore year. The kid still has a lot to learn.
GREGORY A. PEARSON