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Bad Boys '30 for 30' ESPN Film to debut April 17

The long-awaited Bad Boys '30 for 30' is finally almost here.

We told you almost a year ago that ESPN Films was planning a Bad Boys '30 for 30' documentary and we'd provide you with more details when we had them. Well, we have them.'s Richard Deitsch snuck this bad boy in at the end of his media column on Monday:

One of ESPN Films' most-anticipated 30 for 30 projects has an official airdate: The Bad Boys, which chronicles the dynastic Pistons teams of the late 1980s and early '90s, will debut Thursday, April 17, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film is a collaboration between ESPN Films and NBA Entertainment -- they partnered on the brilliant "Once Brothers" and the terrific "The Announcement" -- and Boys has the potential to be one of the better 30 for 30 efforts. (NBA Entertainment also produced the last year's sensational "Dream Team" documentary for NBA TV.) More than 40 people were interviewed for the film, including the Pistons' main principals (Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley. Vinnie Johnson, John Salley, Mark Aguirre etc. ...) and rival Michael Jordan. Following the film, ESPN will air a one-hour discussion from 10-11 p.m. ET on the Bad Boys Pistons era. That show will be hosted by Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, and ESPN NBA analyst Doug Collins will also appear along with several Pistons players from that era. I'll have more on the "The Bad Boys" in a standalone piece on on Monday.

The documentary airs almost three weeks after the 25th anniversary celebration on March 28 at The Palace, and the night after this year's BAD boys (among men) end their season. So, it'll be a wonderful day for multiple reasons.