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One of ESPN Films’ most-anticipated 30 for 30 projects has an official airdate: The Bad Boys, which chronicles the dynastic Pistons teams of the late 1980s and early ’90s, will debut Thursday, April 17, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film is a collaboration between ESPN Films and NBA Entertainment — they partnered on the brilliant “Once Brothers” and the terrific “The Announcement” — and Boys has the potential to be one of the better 30 for 30 efforts. (NBA Entertainment also produced the last year’s sensational “Dream Team” documentary for NBA TV.) More than 40 people were interviewed for the film, including the Pistons’ main principals (Isiah Thomas, Bill Lambier, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley. Vinnie Johnson, John Salley, Mark Aguirre etc. …) and rival Michael Jordan. Following the film, ESPN will air a one-hour discussion from 10-11 p.m. ET on the Bad Boys Pistons era. That show will be hosted by Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, and ESPN NBA analyst Doug Collins will also appear along with several Pistons players from that era. I’ll have more on the “The Bad Boys” in a standalone piece on SI.com on Monday.
Members of the 1989 NBA champion “Bad Boys” Pistons are reuniting next month to celebrate the 25th anniversary year of the first title in franchise history. Team members will first gather at “Bad Boys Unite,” a charity event, at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit on March 27. The team will also be honored at halftime of the Pistons-Heat game the following night. Attendees have not been confirmed, but players on the 1989 team include Isiah Thomas, current Pistons president Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, John Salley, Mark Aguirre, Dennis Rodman, Vinnie Johnson, James Edwards, Rick Mahorn, John Long, Fennis Dembo and Micheal Williams.
03 Jan 14
I know Glen “Big Baby” Davis said he was going vegan. John Salley: I had that conversation with Big Baby the year after they won the championship. (Imitates Davis’ voice): “Man, stop, you gotta be kidding me! Yadda yadda.” Then, he realized what it was. Do you know any other NBA players who have gone vegan, other than Big Baby Davis? John Salley: James Jones is vegan.
01 Jul 13
You can add John Salley to the list of those speaking publicly in support of NBA center Jason Collins. Collins became the first American athlete from a team sport to acknowledge his homosexuality when he announced it via an exclusive first-person account that appeared at SI.com. There was a chorus of public support and Salley said late last week: “I’m proud of Jason. Whatever makes him happy, I’m all for it. Why is this a question? Why is the sexuality of anyone an issue?
He wishes more former pro athlete would follow a stricter dietary regimen. “This is nothing against my (former Pistons) teammate; I love him to death,” Salley said. “But Rick Mahorn has gained close to 150 pounds since 1989 when we won the championship. “I am the same weight I was back in 1989 – strictly diet; I don’t run; I work out 10 minutes a day, maybe 15 minutes a day.”