"There's no way you can convince he wasn't," Jordan said.
Watching the show Sunday night, Thomas was caught off guard. He knew there was some lingering bitterness between the Bulls and the Pistons, but he thought his beef with Jordan was mostly a story of the past.
"I really was surprised," Thomas told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit on Tuesday morning. "And the reason why I was surprised is because we’ve been in public places before, had interactions with each other, have gone out to dinner. He, (former NFL player and broadcaster) Ahmad Rashad and I have had dinner together. My son, he's given him his gym shoes, jerseys. I’ve seen him in public several times, and I’ve never got any type of hostility or un-pleasantries from him. He’s always been extremely nice to me and my family whenever we’ve been out in the past.
"So I was surprised to definitely hear him say that about me, but maybe he just had a bad moment."
Thomas admitted he and the Pistons had a "bad moment" in choosing not to shake hands, for which he has given multiple explanations. One is that prior to Game 4, Jordan called the Pistons "undeserving champions" in 1989 and 1990.
Those comments were left out of "The Last Dance," but Thomas expanded on them Tuesday.
"That definitely went into the decision-making in terms of us exiting the floor," Thomas said. "All of us, knowing the journey we had been on the last couple years to try to become champions, it definitely hit us in a bad emotional spot. The other thing is, it rubbed us wrong because not only did we feel we were representing ourselves as a basketball team, we also felt that we were representing Detroit, the larger community. We felt that those words not only were offensive to us, but they were also offensive to our fan base in Detroit."