Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bad Boys 20 years Later

As I watch the way the NBA has become a league of sissies I can't help but think about the Detroit Pistons, the original bad boys that wreaked havoc and took no prisoners. The guys that used to throw Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen into the backstop routinely and laugh about it. The guys that were as talented as they were mean. There is no question the Pistons style of basketball couldn't exist in the modern era. After the palace brawl (ironically on the same court the bad boys made famous) players can't even so much as raise their voice or use foul language without getting technicals, suspensions, and fines. The Pistons were the last of a dying breed and time moves on, but where are they now?

Rick Mahorn. The toughest of the bad boys and a real enforcer in the middle. He went on to win some WNBA championships with the Detroit Shock as an assistant coach and then took over the head coaching reigns in 2009. He actually got suspended 2 games for breaking up a fight in the playoffs.

Bill Laimbeer. The most hated of all the Piston bad boys. Bill was the head coach for the Detroit Shock before fellow bad boy Mahorn took over. He is currently an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

John Salley. The class clown if you will went on to television fame as a host of The Best Damn Sports Show on Fox sports. He also wrote a tell all book that was very entertaining.

Isiah Thomas. My favorite of all the bad boys. It's unfortunate his off the court failures have overshadowed his hall of fame career. He is currently the head coach of FIU in the college ranks after previously coaching the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks before running the Knicks into the ground as their president.

Dennis Rodman. What can you say about the Worm? Words can't express the train wreck this guy has become. After his playing career Dennis made a few movies, married Carmen Electra, starred in reality shows The Apprentice and Clean and Sober House with Dr. Drew, and now throws parties in Vegas. Stay tuned, this story could change any second.

Joe Dumars. Currently the president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons. I say currently because I don't think new ownership will retain his services much longer. The Pistons are awful right now. Although the Pistons won the 2004 NBA championship under his watch Dumars will be remembered for passing on Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh in the 2003 NBA draft before selecting Darko Milicic.


  1. Great post, Cleavie. I wonder what Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson is up to?

  2. Thanks for the read. I should've done some research on him too. He was one of my favorites.