Rick Mahorn Rumors
James L. Edwards III: So, what year is this broadcasting for you? Greg Kelser: This will be my 32nd year with the Pistons and 34th overall. I worked with George my first six years with the team on radio. I was doing what Rick (Mahorn) does now, and I was only doing home games. From 1987-88 to 1992-93, I was on the radio with George, and I would occasionally do a home game with him as a fill-in. And then in 1993, I moved to television with PASS and Fred McLeod. Fred and I worked for four years with PASS and then nine years with Fox Sports Detroit together before Fred moved on to Cleveland. George and I reunited on television in 2007.
JLEIII: If I’m not mistaken, you and Ice Cube have a relationship that goes back, right? Mahorn: Wayyyyy back. Back to the 2004 championship that the Pistons won. Ice Cube was there on the sideline, and I was always a fan of his music because Public Enemy was my first love once you started hearing hip-hop with a conscious element. It started with Chuck D and Public Enemy, and then Ice Cube comes on the scene with N.W.A, and I was like, “Oh, man. This is cool.” We made a bet back then (in 2004 — the Pistons beat Ice Cube’s Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA title), just betting dinner. Ice Cube said, “I’m going to take you to Sizzler.” I won the bet, and we became friends ever since then.
JLEIII: Who guards Durant? Rick Mahorn: On that team? C’mon. You put Dennis Rodman, you put “The Worm” on him, you put me on him. You know what’s funny? A lot of people don’t realize that we were multi-talented enough to switch. … The only one that couldn’t move his feet was (Bill) Laimbeer, but we knew that. The thing is, I had to check guys like Doctor J and Barkley, James Worthy one night, and then Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This is what I can do because I had quick feet. As a player, you have to understand the whole game. It’s not like you’re limiting yourself, like, “Oh, he can only do this.” Can I shoot from outside? I didn’t have to. That wasn’t my job.
JLEIII: Does Chuck Daly put Joe Dumars on Curry or Klay Thompson? Mahorn: He’d put Dumars on Curry, but it really didn’t matter. Joe always had the opposing team’s scoring guard, but Isiah (Thomas) could do that, too, especially if it was a 1, 2 or 3 switch. We knew our personnel. We would let Draymond Green score 50. If that’s in his DNA, then cool. Let him get 50. But we’re going to shut the rest of y’all down. Or, we’d let Durant score 50 and cut everybody else off. … We were looking to exploit your weaknesses more than your strengths.
JLEIII: Doing radio has allowed you to stay close to the game and watch LeBron at his absolute best. Where do you stand on the Jordan vs. LeBron debate? Rick Mahorn: I got to go with LeBron James. The reason why? LeBron James plays five positions, and that’s when it becomes really scary. Who can check him? He plays five positions. Jordan could play three, at best. … You have to respect what Jordan did. He’s a beast at what he did. Would he be able to play in this era of basketball? He’d probably get to the foul line more than these guys playing get to it now. To me, some guys revolutionized the game or changed the game, and I think LeBron is a game-changer. So is Jordan. Jordan was a game-changer. But if it’s me picking, you can’t find many people who are 6-foot-8, 250 pounds, and can play every position. That’s scary.
Talent committed to the BIG3 include: Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups, Gary Payton, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis, Jason Williams, Bonzi Wells, Mike Bibby, George “The Iceman” Gervin, Ricky Davis, Al Harrington, Rick Barry, Rick Mahorn, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Anderson, Jamario Moon, Smush Parker, Ruben Patterson and Etan Thomas. Payton, Gervin, Barry, Mahorn and Drexler will serve as coaches, with Iverson serving as a player/coach – the rest are confirmed to play.