The NBA of the 80s and 90s was to many the golden age of basketball. Fans had the showtime flash of the Los Angeles Lakers, the storied history of the Boston Celtics, and the dominance of the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls. One team that most fans overlook when thinking back is the Detroit Pistons of the 80s and early 90s who reveled in being called The Bad Boys.
Led by point guard Isiah Thomas, center Bill Laimbeer, and Joe Dumars, the Pistons were a force of nature in the NBA. They weren’t the most skilled team of the era, but they were definitely the toughest. Tonight ESPN debuts a new 30 for 30 documentary called The Bad Boys which chronicles the teams ascension to back to back NBA titles in 1989 and 1990.
The special gives fans insight into the controlled chaos that coach Chuck Daly dealt with on a daily basis. With amazing characters like Dennis Rodman, John Salley, and Rich Mahorn, the documentary could almsot have the feel of a classic sports movie like Major League. Here’s the description of tonight’s documentary from ESPN.
The Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early ’90s seemed willing to do anything to win. That characteristic made them loved — and hated. It earned them the title: Bad Boys.
Date: Thursday, April 16th
Episode Title: The Bad Boys
Start Time: 8:00 pm ET
Online Stream: ESPN.com