Bill Laimbeer once fouled Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan so hard, there was a serious fight between their head coaches
Ahhh, the 80s and 90s. The era of the likes of the Bad Boy Pistons, Chicago Bulls, and of course, Michael Jordan himself.
This is the time that the slightly older NBA fans believe was the best ever, and the one that the new school NBA fans’ ears bleed from hearing about, at this point. Frankly, though we get the excitement of that time.
It was a harsher game. There were hard fouls, actual beef, and a lot more rope given by the officials to accommodate all the drama. Simply put, if the NBA were a show, it embraced it with the tightest of bear hugs at the time.
Still though, even considering such hard fouls, and harsh play, there was an incident that stood out like a sore thumb.
During a game between the Bulls and the Pistons, Jordan went up for a lay-up. And, while jumping in defense, it seems Laimbeer had some WWE moves playing in his head.
Let’s get into it.
Stan Albeck and Chuck Daly were at each other’s throats after Michael Jordan went down hard from a Bill Laimbeer foul
Those who watched him play live know it pretty well by now. But, Bill Laimbeer was far from a strait-laced player.
The man had made a career off being the defender that would pummel offensive players for getting close to him. And with all the knees and elbows he threw on the offensive end, he wasn’t much easier to deal with there either.
Still, even by his standards, the incident we’re here for is a tad too far. We’d explain it all to you, but we’re not sure words can quite describe everything that happened. Take a look at the YouTube clip below.
Was that reaction maybe a tad extreme? Yes. But, was it unjustified? There would have to be something wrong with you for you to say yes.
To this day, Michael Jordan and Bill Laimbeer don’t like each other. And frankly, given how much the latter hurt his Airness, we don’t think that ever changes.