posted on May, 3 2006 @ 12:06 AM
I grew up in the 1980's, and back then there were some dirty players. Bill Laimbeer basically invented the flop; his teammate Dennis Rodman perfected
it. There were also a lot of players who played rough--guys who didn't hesitate to lay a hard foul on somebody. I think immediately of Rick Mahorn.
In the new era, we don't see those hard fouls as often. However, in this year's NBA playoffs we have see plenty of cheap shots and dirty play.
Ron Artest laid a forearm shiver on Manu Ginobili. James Posey shoulder-blocked Kirk Hinrich to the floor. Reggie Evans crotch-grabbed Chris Kaman,
who then shoved Evans to the floor. And most recently, Raja Bell collared Kobe Bryant and pulled him down. Why this sudden outburst of cheap
You know, I think these guys need to get themselve a video of the Pistons back in the Bad Boy days: Laimbeer, Mahorn, Rodman, and Salley. They knew
how to lay the lumber on you, but within the rules. Michael Jordan had to fight for every point against them as they just beat him up. They fouled
hard--sometimes too hard--but rarely cheap shotted anyone. Well, I guess Laimbeer did.