Detroit Pistons Fans Recall Infamous Bad Boys Era as Cade Cunningham’s Team Displays Physical Style

Published 11/07/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Nov 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) grabs the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Bruce Brown (1) and forward Blake Griffin (2) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


The Detroit Pistons are renowned for their “Bad Boys” era. The three-time championship-winning franchise performs their home games at Little Caesars Arena, Midtown. Between 1986 to 1991, the Pistons experienced the “Bad Boys” era.

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Head coach Chuck Daly, hired in 1983, was the architect of this notorious Pistons era. They also acquired key players like Dennis Rodman, Adrian Dantley, and John Salley. With this new team, the Pistons played a defensive and very physical play style against their rivals. This unique and controversial play style earned them the nickname of “Bad Boys”.

Recently Pistons’ fans revived the famous NBA fable of “Bad Boys” for a game against the Brooklyn Nets. The Pistons disappointingly lost the game as the Nets recorded a 96-90 victory. However, this failed to stop a Pistons fan from pointing out one moment from the game that evoked the “Bad Boys” era of the Pistons.

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The tweet shows Pistons’ guard Isaiah Stewart standing over former Pistons player Blake Griffin. Griffin, currently a Nets player, was seen lying on the floor while NBA referees rushed to intervene and break up the duo. Griffin joined the Pistons in 2018 and left for the Nets in 2021.

Nov 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Josh Jackson (20) gets defended by Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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The Pistons “Bad Boys” won their first NBA championship in 1989 by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals. They defended their NBA title in the next season and won their second NBA championship in 1990. The “Bad Boys” remain one of the most famous NBA teams in the league’s history.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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