ESPN Films debuts the latest release in its 30 for 30 series next month.
Bad Boys, the latest film from ESPN Films’ hit series, premieres Thursday, April 17th at 8pm ET on ESPN. The film was produced by NBA Entertainment and helmed by Zak Levitt. The film’s story centers on the Detroit Pistons’ heyday of the late 80s and early 90s. The Pistons of the 80s and 90s was one of those teams that fans either loved or hated. There was no in between for this squad. Those that loved the team called it a group of men that wasn’t afraid to work hard and really get in the paint. It was a team, to those fans, that was afraid of no one. That same win at all costs mentality is also what led many to despise the team.
The film highlights the highs and lows of the team’s heyday through interviews with the likes of Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, Adrian Dantley, and Mark Aguirre among others. The interviews give viewers a more personal look at what made the team one of the league’s most talked about. Also included are personal insights from some of the biggest names to face Detroit during the late 80s and early 90s. Those names include: Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Kevin McHale, Dominique Wilkins, and James Worthy. Former NBA Commissioner David Stern also shares his thoughts on what made the team such a lightning rod in the league at that time.
The premiere of Bad Boys will be followed immediately by Grantland’s Bad Boys Remix, a special one-hour presentation featuring Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose. The pair will be joined by Isiah Thomas and Doug Collins to discuss the film. The pair will also share more thoughts on the highs and lows of the Pistons. Along with their appearance on Grantland’s Bad Boys Remix, Thomas and Collins will be part of Grantland’s “Detroit Week” package, kicking off April 14th. Grantland’s “Detroit Week” will include written features about the city of Detroit and its history as well as Detroit-themed podcasts on the Grantland Network.
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