Decades Later, Michael Jordan Admits His Hatred for ‘Bad Boys’ Pistons Persists

For Chicago Bulls fans, three things are inevitable: death, taxes, and an unwavering animosity towards the Detroit Pistons.Jordan drives to the basket

It’s no secret the animosity was strong between the Bulls and Pistons during the Jordan years.

In 1989 and 1990, the Pistons used physical force to keep Jordan in check.

Whenever the Bulls and Pistons played, no matter where Jordan went on the basketball court, two defenders were waiting for him.Be Very Physical": An Insight on How the Bad Boys Pistons Tackled Michael Jordan With Their Brutal Jordan Rules - EssentiallySports

These weren’t just any players either, they were hard-nosed, physical defenders like Bill Laimbeer and Dennis Rodman.

The Pistons’ goal was to keep Air Jordan from taking flight.

For two seasons, it worked.

Detroit even dubbed the strategy “the Jordan rules.”

In 1991, Jordan and the Bulls got their revenge on the Pistons, sweeping them in historic fashion.Learning the Hard Way: Jordan's Bulls vs. the Bad Boy Pistons – ReadJack.com

Before game four finished, the Pistons left the court, which left an especially sour taste in the mouths of Bulls players.

In the ESPN documentary “The Last Dance,” former Bulls Center Horace Grant said that the Pistons were acting like “straight up bitches.”Isiah Thomas calls Michael Jordan out for lying, their feud continues three decades on | MarcaHow Michael Jordan Broke 'The Jordan Rules' | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors | Bleacher Report

Jordan seemed to echo Grant’s sentiment, although he didn’t outwardly use the same vernacular.

Instead, Jordan says that former Pistons Guard Isiah Thomas sealed his own fate with his actions on the court.

Thomas was notably left off the USA Olympic Dream Team, despite being one of the best players in the league.

That’s because superior players like Michael Jordan simply didn’t want him there.

To this day, Jordan says that the hard-feelings are still there and that he still hates the Detroit Pistons.Be Very Physical": An Insight on How the Bad Boys Pistons Tackled Michael Jordan With Their Brutal Jordan Rules - EssentiallySports

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