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ESPN's 30 For 30 Series: Dennis Rodman & the Detroit Piston's Bad Boys!

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The BAD BOYS on ESPN's "30 for 30"! The Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early 1990s seemed willing to do anything to win, anything... a charachteristic making them loved and hated. Hence, their new title was born: The BAD BOYS!

 

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Few teams in professional sports history elicit such a wide range of emotions as the Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early '90s. For some, the team was heroic -- made up of gritty, hard-nosed players who didn't back down from anyone. And for others, it was exactly that trait -- the willingness to do seemingly anything to win -- that made them the "Bad Boys," the team fans loved to hate.

No drama is complete without compelling characters, and the Bad Boys Pistons had a full cast. Viewers will see the many factors that drove one of the best -- and most complex -- players in NBA history: Isiah Thomas, a lethal combination of sweetness on the outside and toughness within. In addition, the team was characterized by the toughness of Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn; the quiet intensity of Joe Dumars; the savvy and fearlessness of a young Dennis Rodman; the comic relief provided by John Salley; and the mixture of grit, professionalism and style possessed by coach Chuck Daly.

 

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Sandwiched between the Lakers' and Celtics' dominance of the 1980s and the Bulls' run in the 1990s, the Pistons' two titles in 1989 and '90 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. Now, viewers will finally get the untold story behind one of the most unique championship teams in NBA history. (espn.go.com)

So What exactly is "30 For 30" ??  The idea for the series began with ESPN.com columnist and Grantland.com founder Bill Simmons and ESPN's Connor Schell. Volume I, which premiered in October 2009 and ran through December 2010, chronicles 30 stories from the "ESPN era", beginning with the network's founding in 1979. Each film in Volume I details a striking sports issue or event that occurred during those three decades, including what Simmons describes as "stories that resonated at the time [they occurred] but were eventually forgotten for whatever reason." Subsequent films, including Volume II and online-only shorts, expanded the series beyond the "ESPN era".

 

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In September 2014, Schell said, "Even though we have been at this for five years now, there is no shortage of incredible moments from the world of sports, so that enables us to continue making 30 for 30 films we’re proud of." John Dahl, Connor Schell and Simmons serve as 30 for 30's executive producers.

Ok, so back to the BAD BOYS!!  Again, Looking at the Detroit Pistons leads one to love them or hate them. Yet, either way, the method in which they were built and the heartbreak and frustrations that spawned them into basketball’s version of an organized crime unit is to ultimately respect them.

 

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~Check out this teaser video for ESPN's "30 for 30: BAD BOYS"...Then you simply must get your hands on the full length documentary... Nobody cover sports like ESPN...

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~And, of course THE WORM! This video shows a peek into the Worm's portion of this amazing documentary...

"...where a shy boy in Dallas can become the bad boy of the NBA..."

 

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