posted on Jan, 6 2005 @ 08:28 PM
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- The "Bad Boys'' are back together.
Rick Mahorn will join Bill Laimbeer on the Detroit Shock bench, serving as Laimbeer's top assistant for the 2005 season.
"I've been trying to convince Rick to do this for two years now,'' Laimbeer said Thursday. "This is a great hire for the franchise, because I believe
that professional basketball players should be coached by people with professional basketball experience. Rick has that, he lives in the area and he
already has a great rapport with our players.''
Mahorn and Laimbeer were part of Detroit's "Bad Boys'' championship team in 1989.
"Everyone remembers them, and how tough they were,'' Shock All-Star Swin Cash said. "That's the attitude that they are going to bring to our team, and
it's going to scare people around the league.''
After his 18-year playing career, which included two stints with the Pistons, Mahorn worked as a head coach in the CBA and spent two years as an
assistant with the Atlanta Hawks. He expects that his experience working for Laimbeer will be more fruitful than his time in Atlanta.
"When I was with the Hawks, I never even knew what my responsibilities were,'' he said. "That's not going to be the case here. I learned more in my
first 15 minutes with Bill than I did in two years in Atlanta.''
Laimbeer and Mahorn also work as announcers for the Detroit Pistons.