Few teams in professional sports history elicit such a wide range of emotions as the Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early '90s. The Bad Boys Pistons had one of the best -- and most complex -- players in NBA history: Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, John Salley; and the mixture of grit, professionalism and style possessed by coach Chuck Daly.
Sandwiched between the Lakers' and Celtics' dominance of the 1980s and the Bulls' run in the 1990s, the Pistons' two titles in 1989 and 1990 are often viewed as a transitional period in NBA history, rather than a dynamic championship era in its own right. But for anyone who experienced the Bad Boys in action, they more than carved out their own identity, both in the league and in American popular culture.
Run Time – 140 Minutes
- Director’s Statements
- Grantland Bad Boys Remix
ESPN’s 30 for 30: Bad Boys took the #1 spot in Nielsen’s Twitter Ratings. The show topped the Weekly Top Ten Series and Specials list with 126,000 event-related Tweets that were seen by a Unique Audience ADNC -0.17% of 3.4 million people. The season three finale of Scandal came in at number two on the list, with 697,000 Tweets seen by a Unique Audience of 3.36 million people (the rankings go by the amount of people who see the Tweets rather than the number of Tweets).