The Detroit Pistons, during their late 80s and early 90s heyday, were a hoops powerhouse. One thing they most certainly were not was a pillar of sportsmanship. As viewers of The Last Dance were reminded, the “Bad Boy” Pistons were in no mood to congratulate the Chicago Bulls after being swept in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, particularly Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas and low-post enforcer Bill Laimbeer, both of whom retreated to the locker room with 7.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 4. From the looks of it, President Donald Trump—though not for much longer—is poised to make a similar departure.
As reported by CNN’s Jim Acosta, President Trump has no plans to acknowledge Joe Biden’s electoral college victory now or ever, continuing to avoid his inevitable fate as a one-term president. “One Trump advisor compared the president to the 1990s Era Detroit Pistons, who famously refused to shake hands with the Chicago Bulls, who won the NBA Championship in that era,” Acosta told CNN colleague Wolf Blitzer on Friday. “The advisor said that Trump could do the same with this election, leave the stage without conceding defeat, calling Mr. Trump—this is in the words of the Trump advisor I spoke with—a ‘Bad Boy for life.’”
Similar to the Pistons, who wanted nothing to do with their hated rival, Trump has not cooperated in the slightest, restricting Biden’s access to security briefings and other classified material that could help the president-elect as he prepares to take office in January. Thomas’ Conference Finals stunt proved costly with many speculating his snub of Michael Jordan was the reason he wasn’t selected to the iconic “Dream Team” that took home gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Trump has alleged voter fraud in multiple states he lost (Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania among them), though he hasn’t gained much traction on the front.
Rest assured, Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. Just don’t expect Trump to shake his hand when that day comes.