Celtics most-despised opponent: Pistons Bill Laimbeer
The game Larry Bird and Bill Laimbeer went at it. Seeing Larry Legend go full berserk is rare. You have to take him to the limit to see that.— OLDSKOOLBBALL (@Oldskoolbball1) April 11, 2020
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In Game Five, the normally-mild mannered Celtics center, Robert Parish, got so angry at Laimbeer that he golfed him three times in plain view of three officials, none of whom acknowledged that they had witnessed the attack. Nonetheless, although no action was taken against Robert immediately, he was suspended for Game Six of the series and fined $7,500 for throwing the punches.
The 1986-87 Pistons team also had Rick Mahorn, Dennis Rodman and Isiah Thomas on its roster, but not one of the trio came close to Bill as an instigator or much-despised opponent. It is truly ironic that no official witnessed the attack by Parish, and it can be surmised that they possibly looked the other way. Laimbeer definitely had a notorious reputation in the League, whereas Robert did not. Game Five was close - the series was tied 2-2, and Boston won by a score of 108-107. Ejecting Parish at the time may have been a deciding factor in the series. But later examination of the evidence assured a one-game suspension for Robert. Larry going berserk and Robert losing his cool tell us all we need to know. Bill Laimbeer was the most-despised Celtics opponent of all time.