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
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.
13. 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.
27. 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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