It has been very well-documented that rather than waiting to shake hands, the Detroit Pistons walked off the court as the final seconds ticked off the clock in their 1991 Eastern Conference Finals loss against the Chicago Bulls. Many moons have passed since that day but former Pistons forward Rick Mahorn refuses to apologize to … Read more
So… this is when Detroit Pistons bruiser Rick Mahorn decided he was going to fight the entire Chicago Bulls active roster, plus coaching staff. What kicked off as a horse collar wrap-up on Michael Jordan quickly turned into a face-to-face showdown with Charles Oakley. As Mahorn naturally gravitated toward the Bulls’ bench, everyone took a … Read more
When it comes to the Detroit Pistons Bad Boys teams of the mid to late ’90s, one of the first players you think of is Rick Mahorn. From 1985-1989, Mahorn was a member of the Bad Boys’ team that went on to win the 1989 NBA Championship. During his run with the Pistons, one of … Read more
Former Detroit Pistons point guard Isiah Thomas may have been known for his great smile but that does not mean he did not have a fire burning deep inside of him each and every time he took the court. A good example of Isiah’s passion is when the Pistons took on the Philadelphia 76ers back … Read more
Monday night was the final Detroit Pistons game at the Palace of Auburn Hills. After playing in the building since 1988, the team announced this past November that they’d be joining the Detroit Red Wings in the brand new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit, meaning that all four Detroit professional sports teams would be … Read more
Former Bad Boy and Pistons legend Rick Mahorn and the Detroit Pistons Foundation will host the 12th annual Black History Month event and scholarship competition on Thursday, February 9 at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). To kick things off, 40 students from each competing school will take a Unity-themed tour of the DIA galleries starting at … Read more
It’s become an NBA old-timer’s anthem. “These guys wouldn’t have lasted in my era.” In a modern day NBA rife with rules that encourage and perpetuate generally unobstructed lanes to the rim, there’s no shortage of former ballplayers who believe the success of wispy guards such as Golden State’s Stephen Curry would take a hit, … Read more
[tps_header] Happy April Fools’ Day, Nation! Wait, that doesn’t even sound right. Whatever, let’s go with it! Anyways, rather than upsetting 100% of our fan base by announcing that Calvin Johnson has decided to return to the Lions and then saying, “April Fools!”, we decided we would try to find some of the greatest … Read more
There was a fairly persistent rumor meandering its way through the hallways of Flanders Elementary my kindergarten year in 1989. At the time, my knowledge of the Detroit Pistons mostly consisted of two understandings: 1) Every player appeared to have his own superhero alter ego (The Worm, Spider, Microwave, Buddha) 2) They apparently won games by beating a … Read more
The Detroit Pistons have officially unleashed their ad campaign for the upcoming 2015-16 NBA basketball season.
Appealing to the increasingly prominent Detroit vs. Everybody sector, the series of commercial spots, ranging in duration from 30 seconds to 1:30, feature an overabundance of familiar Detroit locales interspersed with Pistons highlights from past and present day. Hitsville U.S.A., American Coney Island, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, and the Spirit of Detroit are just a sampling of who and what made the cut.
The Pistons are scheduled to open training camp later this month.
During his time in Detroit, former Pistons forward Rick Mahorn teamed up with fellow ruffian Bill Laimbeer to form the core of a hard hitting Pistons unit that would come to be known as the Bad Boys. While Mahorn was all business and bruises on the court, he retained a light-hearted demeanor off of it.
In typical Mahorn fashion, while game time was all about elbows, over-aggressive boxouts and chair-pulling, the light-hearted antics behind the scenes carried forth, with Barkley all too willing to play along. This most clearly manifested itself to the public with a series of pranks the duo played as a part of an unofficial early 90’s NBA video series showcasing various athletes getting the best of their professional basketball playing counterparts.
Perhaps most infamously, Barkley and Mahorn joined forces to deliver this gem at the expense of 7’7” Manute Bol, whose subsequent exclamation (“Awww S***! It was Rick Mahorn’s head!”) has been lodged in my brain since 1994 :
However, skirting under the radar all these years was a beauty of a prank in 1990 on then-NBA rookie J.R. Reid.
Teaming up with Reid’s Charlotte Hornets teammate, the ineffable Muggsy Bogues, Mahorn & Barkley orchestrated a complex scenario that began with Reid coming over to Bogues’ house for a seemingly innocuous dinner party. The catch: the prank crew had rigged the local news broadcast to provide a fake breaking news story reporting Reid had been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers… for Rick Mahorn. That’s where the fun really begins, as Reid watched the tube intently to garner more details.
“I feel the Sixers really got a bad trade right now,” Mahorn told the faux newscast. “(J.R.) is a talented player, but he can’t hold the line, he can’t do the things I can do. I’m just really disgusted with the whole thing.”
A seemingly distraught Charles Barkley didn’t hesitate to pile on.
“It’s terrible, it’s terrible,” Barkley said. “I think Charlotte probably got the better end. They got an experienced veteran forward and we got a little kid who’s not ready yet.
“It’s just a bad, bad trade.”
Virtually speechless, Reid attempted to reach out to friends and family. Alas, in a pre-cell phone world, Bogues and company were ahead of the game, having rigged his home phone line to ring busy for any attempted outgoing call. Reid was left to soak it all in, watching a report that culminated with a wonderfully awkward-by-design climax when Bogues, the teammate comforting him throughout this breaking news, can suddenly be seen on screen doling out harsh criticism of his young teammate.
“I mean, there was just always something about J.R.,” Bogues admitted. “He was always late to practice. There’s always something about his car, there’s always an excuse. I think we just need to get this behind us and move on and get a better player like Rick Mahorn in here.”
Finally, with Reid’s world sufficiently rocked, the prank is revealed. It takes J.R. close to 15 seconds to fully understand he’d been had. One has to wonder how he responded when he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs just two years later.
As the old saying goes: you can’t go home again. Or can you?
A litany of Detroit Pistons have not hesitated to test the Home Again Theory over the years, sometimes not by choice (sorry, Tayshaun). Here’s a quick glance at how things have gone for Pistons making their way through metro Detroit on their second go-around. Spoiler alert: it hasn’t always been pretty.