"I don't give a damn what Jordan did, we kicked his ass"

This is how Rick Mahorn, power forward for the Bad Boys, explained why he hasn't seen the documentary The Last Dance, in which his Pistons play an important role.


Nearly, it will be a year since the premiere of The Last Dance, the ESPN documentary that reviewed Michael Jordan's career and was a huge success with the public. In addition to its strengths, this ten-part documentary series had the pandemic as an ally. Its premiere coincided with the recent suspension of the NBA season (and of the entire sport), so it came to cover a space that had been left empty for the spectator.

The absolute protagonist of The Last Dance is Michael Jordan, but around him there are a few secondary ones who have a crucial importance in the story. Many of them are his companions, but there are also rivals who mark the development of history. Among them, few like the Detroit Pistons of the late 80s and early 90s. The famous Bad Boys who won the NBA two seasons in a row (1989 and 1990) and who made life miserable for Jordan in his first serious playoff attempts . This documentary, as well as another from 2014 (Bad Boys 30 for 30), has given notoriety in recent years to that team, a group that has not always been remembered by the general public. On this question they asked Rick Mahorn, mythical power forward of those Pistons, and the former player took the opportunity to hit Jordan with a stick:

"I do think these documentaries have valued the figure of that team more than it was in the past decade. Don't get me wrong, I didn't see Jordan's documentary because I don't give a damn what Jordan did. We kicked his ass. "That's all that matters. But it's respect for us. I didn't see the '30 by 30 'until this year because it was kind of like' I already know all that. 'But you learn about the players around you. keep in touch. It's good to get that. We were never recognized as one of the best teams in the league, it was always the Celtics, the Lakers and then it was Chicago. You skip two teams that won consecutively like the Pistons and also the Rockets. You have to give these teams their due, because we are in history. It did not go from the Lakers to Chicago and this was always a problem. The thing is, I am glad that we are finally receiving respect and the NBA is. giving ".

One of the most famous chapters of that rivalry was when the Bulls finally managed to defeat the Pistons in the 1991 conference final. The reaction of the Detroit players as soon as they were eliminated, leaving the court without shaking hands with their rivals, was widely commented and also had its share of the leading role in The Last Dance. Although Mahorn was no longer on the squad, he does justify that reaction: 444 444"When the Pistons lost I wasn't here, but I wouldn't have shaken hands either. It's basketball ... Come on man! 'Thanks for kicking my butt, I gotta keep going.' Man please! 'I'm leaving. You beat us and it's over ".

Following this answer, he is reminded of the words of Isiah Thomas, who does appear in the documentary, saying that it was necessary to take into account where the story was told from. and Mahorn has an explanation for the no-greeting scene:

"This happens when people don't notice the little things. Because of the way the Palace at Auburn Hills was built, our bench was the furthest from the locker room. Not in all places can you walk past the opponent's bench to come back. to the locker room. When you look at these little things ... If our locker room was right here, no one would have passed by. 'Ah, that's disrespectful.' Well, no, it wasn't disrespectful. built differently. Now you see that when the team loses, it comes out on the left, the other comes out on the right ... What I get out of the documentary is that it is what it is, coming from where it comes from. They promote what they want to promote. We were good, we were champions and they will never take that away from us ".

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