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Ex-Detroit Pistons Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman and Rasheed Wallace featured in complex.com’s list of The 50 Dirtiest Players In Sports History

Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman and Rasheed Wallace were featured in complex.com’s list of The 50 Dirtiest Players In Sports History (hat tip: Detroit Free Press).

Each entry in complex.com’s list features an explanation and a video. I’ll relay their explanations, but instead of posting the same video, I’ve selected completely biased alternatives that paint these players, whom I like, in much better lights.

11. Bill Laimbeer

Complex on Bill Laimbeer:

As the only white dude starting on the Pistons’ "Bad Boys" squad of the 1980s, Laimbeer used a combination of aggressive elbows, dirty play, and Oscar-worthy flopping to become one of the league’s most hated players. In 1991, his aggressive tactics even led Nintendo to develop Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball, a science-fiction basketball game staged in the year 2030. Yeah, us neither.

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13. Dennis Rodman

Complex on Dennis Rodman:

The Worm had a habit of getting under opponents’ and officials’ skin during his career. From kicking cameramen to headbutting officials to flagrant-fouling opponents, homie had no problem getting gully. The kicking of the cameraman led to a lawsuit later settled for $200,000, plus an 11-game suspension. As one of the top rebounders of all time, Rodman went hard in the paint, no matter the consequences.

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27. Rasheed Wallace

Complex on Rasheed Wallace:

During his 15-year career, Sheed brought the kind of streetball shit-talking and over-the-top antics to the league that made David Stern cringe. The Philly native became the all-time NBA leader in technical fouls by using heavy hands on opponents and a sharp tongue on the refs. Pause.

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  • Dec 15, 201010:04 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    Seriously would you want things to be any different. I just hope those three are in the top 20 on that list. I don’t think Rasheed was as dirty as Laimbeer & Rodman but those guys were allowed to get away with a lot more than you could in Rasheed’s era. I love them all for the way they played…HARD!

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