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Isiah Thomas hospitalized and returns after Karl Malone elbow [Video]


By now, we all know the story about how former Detroit Pistons great Isiah Thomas was snubbed from the 1992 Dream Team in favor of John Stockton.

Well, on December 14, 1991, during their first head-to-head matchup following the snubbing, Thomas exploded for a whopping 44 points against Stockton and the Utah Jazz.

“It just sort of happened,” Thomas said after the game.

The next time the Pistons and Jazz met, Stockton’s teammate Karl Malone was not about to let Thomas embarrass his buddy again and he elbowed Thomas in the head, causing a nasty gash.

Thomas was immediately taken to the hospital where he received 47 stitches.

But Thomas was not about to let Malone get the best of him and he ended up coming back to the arena and checking back into the game. Though the Pistons came up just short of winning the game, Thomas showed that he was not about to back down from a bully.

“It felt like I’d been shot in the head,” Thomas said. “It was a hard hit. . . . I was a little scared.”

Written by W.G. Brady

W.G. Brady is a Detroit-based journalist who has been covering the Detroit sports scene for Detroit Sports Nation for several years. He is in his early 30s and has a wealth of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, W.G. has established himself as a respected and knowledgeable journalist known for his in-depth coverage of the teams and athletes in Detroit. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for sports, W.G. has become a go-to source for fans and readers looking for the latest news and analysis on the Detroit sports scene. He has a good reputation in the sports community and is respected for his unbiased coverage of sports events. W.G. is known for his ability to uncover hidden stories and provide unique perspectives on the teams and athletes he covers. He has a good understanding of the city of Detroit and its sports culture, which he uses to inform his reporting and analysis. He continues to be a respected journalist in the Detroit sports industry.

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