Rick Mahorn says ‘f**k Michael Jordan and the Bulls’ and stands with the Detroit Pistons’ decision to not shake any of their hands.
Almost every single NBA great has had to go through the trials and tribulations of facing off against a team that pushed them to their limits. Michael Jordan certainly faced off against such a team back in the late 80s and early 90s in the form of the Isiah Thomas-led Detroit Pistons who were fairly labelled, ‘the Bad Boy Pistons’.
This nickname, of course, stemmed from their brash nature and physical style of play that took full advantage of the lack of calls given in favor of the players on the offensive end of the floor. Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls would face off against the Detroit Pistons in three consecutive ECFs from 1989 to 1991.
The Pistons would sweep the Bulls in ‘89, take the Bulls to 7 games and eventually best them in ‘90, and would fall in merely 4 games in ‘91. The latter of these 3 series would famously feature Isiah Thomas and his crew walking off NBA hardwood without shaking any of the Bulls’ hands, a moment that was heavily scrutinized.
Rick Mahorn feels no need to apologize to Michael Jordan and the Bulls for not shaking their hands in ‘91.
Dubbed as being the ‘baddest boy of them all’, Rick Mahorn is one of the most physical players in the league during the era that he played in. He utilized his role as being a solid role player within the NBA to its max and even after 3 whole decades, carries himself with a similar attitude as the one he had back then.
He recently came out and stated that he feels absolutely no remorse for not shaking Michael Jordan or any of the Bulls players’ hands when walking off the court. “F**k ‘em,” said Mahorn as he reminisced about playing against the Bulls.
— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) July 1, 2021
Fast-forward to present day and players are still walking off the court without exchanging pleasantries with the opposing team’s players following a loss. We’ve seen this take place in Game 5 of the Lakers-Suns series where LeBron James left with nearly 5 minutes left in the game, Paul George in Game 6 of the WCF, and James Harden in the ECSF against the Bucks.