“Bad Boys,” ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary about the hard-nosed Detroit Pistons teams of the late 1980s and early ’90s, premiered last night. I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m excited to see that the Bullets at least make a cameo.
— Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis) April 18, 2014
I was curious how Washington accrued $12,500 in fines during the 1988-89 season, so I did a little digging. It turns out the penalties were for incidents in a pair of preseason games on consecutive days.
On Oct. 28, Washington’s Bernard King missed an open jumper in the final seconds, Bill Laimbeer blocked Charles Jones’ desperation putback attempt and Detroit held on for a 98-97 exhibition win before 4,742 at Baltimore Arena. The outcome was overshadowed by an altercation between Bullets center Dave Feitl and Pistons forward Rick Mahorn. Bullets coach Wes Unseld played peacemaker.
Via Post reporter David Aldridge:
The fight typified the intensity through much of the game. It occurred with 2:03 left in the first quarter. Detroit had the ball when Feitl and Mahorn suddenly squared off. They slapped at each other as players from both teams came onto the court. Unseld grabbed the 6-foot-10, 260-pound Laimbeer and deposited him on the floor, then got the 255-pound Mahorn in a bear hug and held him until tempers cleared. Feitl and Mahorn nearly got into it again as they went to their respective locker rooms.
The next day, Washington defeated Boston, 120-113, before an NBA preseason record 23,8111 fans in Knoxville, Tenn. Things got testy late between the Bullets’ Harvey Grant and Celtics star Larry Bird.
Via Post contributor Bob Hodge:
With 31 seconds to play in the game, Bird turned on Grant and started swinging. Grant swung back and the teams met under the Boston basket before the fight was brought under control. After a discussion between coaches and officials, Grant and Bird were ejected.
The fines came down four days later. The Bullets were apparently on their best behavior for the rest of the season.