Rick Mahorn Rumors
You mention that you didn’t watch “The Last Dance” and you just watched the 30 for 30 this year… Rick Mahorn: I ain’t watching no Last Dance, the hell? Plus when the Pistons did lose, I wasn’t here! I wouldn’t have shook their hands. It’s basketball, c’mon man. ‘Thank you for kicking my ass, I gotta keep walking.’ Man, please. I’m walking off that court, man. You beat us, bye. I’m done.
The Bad Boys have been in the national spotlight a lot these past seven years, looking at “The Last Dance” last year and then the Bad Boys 30 for 30 in 2014. Have you seen more of a national focus in the last decade compared to the previous decade? Rick Mahorn: I do. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t watch the Jordan doc because I wouldn’t give a damn or hell about what Jordan did. We whooped that ass, that’s all that matters. But it’s a respect. I finally watched the 30 for 30 probably this year for the Bad Boys because it was something that, I said, ‘I already know about all that.’ But you learn about the players that are around you. It keeps us in contact. It’s nice to get that. We were never acknowledged as one of the best teams in the league, it was always the Celtics, the Lakers and then it was Chicago. You skip over two teams that won back-to-back with the Pistons and also the Houston Rockets. You gotta give these teams their due, because we’re in history. It didn’t skip from the Lakers to Chicago. It was a blip in all this stuff. The thing is, I’m glad that we’re finally getting the respect and the NBA is giving it to us.
It might not look like much now, but St. Cecilia’s is famous for having been compared to legendary Rucker Park of New York because of all the big names who came through. Isiah. Magic. Gervin. Also, David Bing. That’s four of the greatest players in NBA history. Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn and Dennis Rodman of “Bad Boys” Pistons fame. B.J. Armstrong. Chris Webber. Jalen Rose. Derrick Coleman. Steve Smith. Shane Battier. Jimmy Walker and Spencer Haywood and Ralph Simpson and Campy Russell. Dick Vitale (awesome with a capital “A,” baby). Dozens of others.
One of those highly anticipated interviews is with Pistons Hall of Fame guard Isiah Thomas, who led Detroit to back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990 — the two seasons preceding the Bulls’ first three championships. The “Bad Boys” Pistons teams that included Thomas, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, Rick Mahorn and Bill Laimbeer are renowned as the group that Jordan and the Bulls had to overcome to achieve their greatness. Thomas is looking forward to the release of the documentary series and is hoping that more than the typical narrative about the “Bad Boys” Pistons team is presented.
“Before practice we would stretch, and I would talk some smack to him,” Mahorn said. “Grant would always clown me about playing at ‘Hamster Institute’ and stuff like that, and I said, ‘But I’ll bust your Duke Blue Devil ass every day.’ Then, one day, Charles O’Bannon said, ‘I want some of that,’ and Grant’s eyes got really big. He said, ‘You want some of this?’ Let’s just say that I felt bad for Charles. “Hill was kind of like the first Steph Curry, in the sense that he was a guy who had a lot of opportunities but never complained and competed at a high level. A guy will say, ‘Man, you don’t know how hard it is to get here.’ He knew. He knew how hard it was to be the best and be in that limelight. I love that dude. He’s still soft, but I love that dude.”
Rick Mahorn: “Grant Hill was kind of like the first Steph Curry, in the sense that he was a guy who had a lot of opportunities but never complained and competed at a high level. A guy will say, ‘Man, you don’t know how hard it is to get here.’ He knew. He knew how hard it was to be the best and be in that limelight. I love that dude. He’s still soft, but I love that dude.”