In an interview with SI.com this week, ESPN Films vice president and executive producer Connor Schell said a documentary on Detroit’s championship years titled "Bad Boys" will air on April 17 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. More than 40 people were interviewed for the film, including 10 members of the championship Pistons teams as well as opposing players such as Jordan. Following the film, ESPN will immediately air a one-hour discussion on the Bad Boys era that will be hosted by Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose. ESPN NBA analyst Doug Collins will also appear along with several Pistons players from that era.
Something NBA fans will be excited about, according to Cocoros, is Thomas talking about Bird’s famous steal in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals in 1987. That story has been documented often from the Celtics side but rarely have viewers heard from Thomas and other Detroit players about it. "Isiah lives and breaths this stuff," said Cocoros. "His memory and recollection on how things went down and what he knows about this team is amazing."
Cocoros said he discovered never-before-seen footage of the team inside the locker room before and after games, as well as compelling footage of Daly’s huddles. Daly passed away in 2009, but Cocoros said viewers will feel his presence throughout the film. "You will hear how the players talk about Chuck and what a father figure he was for these guys and the way he handled himself," said Cocoros. "He’s not around to talk about the team but you don’t miss him at all in the film. He comes across as truly the guy who tied it all together."
I planned to watch this regardless. Nearly ever 30-for-30 I’ve seen has been excellent, and one on the Pistons certainly piques my interest.
But documentaries like these sometimes bore diehard fans of the subject, which would probably describe a large number of this site’s readers. We’re already so familiar with the topic, and the show is packaged for a wider audience, that no new information is revealed.
But that doesn’t seem like it will be the case here at all.
I’ve gone from intrigued to on the edge of my seat waiting for this to air. It’s great that Pistons will have something to look forward to after the regular season ends April 16.