Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers irritating Detroit Pistons Bad Boy center Bill Laimbeer.
Few basketball fans would disagree that if the NBA brought back its once popular “BIG” marketing campaign from the late 80s, this former all-star would easily have been nicknamed the Big Jerk!
That’s because uttering Laimbeer’s name immediately sparked agitation and heated debate in basketball circles everywhere – except maybe in the state of Michigan.
One would think words like champion, all-star, terrific rebounder, rugged defender or great teammate would best describe this player.
However, complimentary references to Detroit Pistons’ Bill Laimbeer were, and still are, about as rare as the Cleveland Browns winning a Super Bowl.
Watching the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Bad Boys brought back to mind the boorish and, at times, brutal play of this gangster of the hardwood.
Bill Laimbeer: Known for Flopping and Downright Dirty Play
Known as much for flopping as he was for overly aggressive and downright dirty play, Laimbeer may be the most reviled NBA player of all-time. And, the ESPN 30 for 30 film left few to challenge it.
The mention of the name Bill Laimbeer always ignites heated basketball debates.
Fans and opposing players cringe upon hearing Laimbeer’s name and quickly vent their disdain toward him.
Former Piston Isiah Thomas Once Said
Even Laimbeer’s Detroit Pistons teammate and friend Isiah Thomas once said of the demonized center, “If I didn’t know Bill, I wouldn’t like him either.”
Few NBA fans liked the cold, callous and cocky Laimbeer who appeared to still carry a boulder sized chip on his shoulders.
Yes, the nickname His Heinous – meaning scary, evil, rotten, awful and beastly – expertly describes Bill Laimbeer for his nasty play on the basketball court.
A University of Notre Dame grad, His Heinous was that NBA player most fans loved to hate.
That’s why the burly Bill Laimbeer also elbows his way into #23 in one of my sports comic books Scary Sports Comics. Click on the purple cover below to safely download the sports comic book.
In addition to His Heinous Bill Laimbeer, read about The Undertaker, The Executioner, The Embalmer and more in the book.
Their nicknames may seem intimidating, but their presence on the basketball court would not be nearly as scary as driving down the lane against former Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boy – Bill Laimbeer.
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