Derrick (Rick) Allen Mahorn was born in Hartford, Connecticut on September 21st, 1958. Drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1980, Rick quickly gained a reputation for his physical play in the paint. This reputation was reinforced after he was traded to the Detroit Pistons in 1985. As part of the “Bad Boy” era in Detroit, Rick was said to be the “Baddest Bad Boy of them all.” Rick won his first and only NBA Championship as a Piston in 1989. From 1990 to 1999, Rick played two stints for the Philadelphia 76ers (once from 1989-1991 and again in 1999), a season with the Italian A Series league (1991-1992), four seasons with the New Jersey Nets (1992-1996), and a second run with the Detroit Pistons (1996-1998). No matter where he went, however, he was always a fan favorite.
In 2005, Bill Laimbeer, Rick’s former “Bad Boys” teammate in Detroit, recruited him to be an Assistant Coach of the WNBA’s Detroit Shocks. After four seasons as Assistant Coach, Rick was given the reigns as Head Coach of the Shocks, a position he still holds today.
Happy Birthday Rick!