Bill Laimbeer worked in tandem with Rick Mahorn to give the Pistons their physical edge in the 1989 championship run. (The Detroit News)
This is the eighth in a series of stories leading to the reunion of the Pistons Bad Boys team March 28 at The Palace.
They were the Bad Boys.
Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn were a tag team that knocked people down if they drove the lane.
Isiah Thomas never backed down from a fight.
Dennis Rodman was always in the middle of things.
So how did they celebrate their first championship in 1989?
It was the only way to celebrate after so many hardships, so many disappointments.
They were tears celebrating the fact they finally beat the Celtics in the East.
They were tears celebrating the fact they put away the disappointment of losing to the Lakers in seven games a year earlier.
They were tears celebrating the fact they proved the critics wrong about the controversial trade that sent Adrian Dantley to the Mavericks for Mark Aguirre, and showing the experts you could builda team around a 6-foot-1 point guard in Thomas.
“You want to beat the Celtics,” Mahorn said.
“You want to beat the Lakers.
“They won so many championships that in order for you to be recognized and be in the same conversation you had to beat the best.”