The Detroit Pistons won back-to-back NBA championships in 1989 and 1990, but they may be best known for being an absolute pest fro Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the early stages of his career.
The team was led by Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars and had physical big men like Dennis Rodman and Bill Laimbeer who liked to do the dirty work. Their ferocious defense led to them being known as the “Bad Boy Pistons.”
The team had fights with just about every team, and that includes Charles Barkley, who was playing for the Philadelphia 76ers at the time.
During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Friday — Barkley called out several members of the Bad Boy Pistons for not actually knowing how to fight:
“You know what’s really funny about that Pistons team? Only two guys on that team could fight: Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars,” said Barkley. “Rodman couldn’t fight, (John) Salley couldn’t fight, (Rick) Mahorn couldn’t fight, (Bill) Laimbeer couldn’t fight. I mean, Vinnie Johnson and James Edwards could fight, but the main four guys I just mentioned, none of them could fight a lick.”
Barkley clearly has no love lost for the Pistons.