Long-time NBA fans remember the style of play that the Chuck Daly-led Detroit Pistons (aka “The Bad Boys”) were giving on the court every game.
Not every one could handle it. And especially – not every NBA player could ever be one of the bad boys. The Bad Boys would fight you, your friends, your neighbors and your family if it would help them win the game.
On an NBA Daily Show, former Piston, “Bad Boy” Isiah Thomas was asked which NBA player could actually become the “Bad Boy” on the 80’s Pistons team.
The league has changed a lot since the days Isiah Thomas played in the NBA, but even today, there are players that could fit within the 80’s Detroit Pistons, that is, according to Isiah Thomas.
“I’d say Joakim Noah,” Thomas said. “That would be the guy that I think all of us (Pistons) would welcome on our team.”
Thomas was asked to elaborate on his choice.
“He plays the right way, he sets the screens, he’s an excellent passer, he’s a great rebounder,” Thomas said of Noah. “He’s all about the team and all about winning.”
Thomas said Noah was one of those guys that “you would love to play with, but hate to play against.”
Thomas was the heart and soul of the 1980’s Detroit Pistons team, which packed such players as Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn, Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman.
Coached by Chuck Daly, the team won back to back NBA championships in 1989 and 1990.Follow @exnbadotcom
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