The End of the Bench spoke to a former NBA beat writer (he calls him "Steve") who dished a lot of dirt from his days covering the Pistons. I will tell you that the news about John Salley I have heard more than once before, including once from a former NBA employee. It's incredible what people talk about...
-Isiah Thomas is an asshole. His million-dollar smile only comes out when the cameras are on.
-Joe Dumars is a class act all the way - no dirt on him
-Dennis Rodman was a very nice guy. No word on whether he changed when he became the flamboyant Rodman of the later 90s yet
-John "Spider" Salley has the biggest penis Steve had ever seen or imagined. Yikes.
-One day, Steve was interviewing a one of the less-popular Pistons in his home (I think it was James Edwards, but I could be wrong - it could have been anyone from Gerald Henderson to John Long to Michael Williams to Fennis Dembo, I don't know for certain, but the story probably applies to any unmarried NBA player). The Pistons player was playing video games when he decided to listen to his phone messages. Steve couldn't believe it, as one after another, woman after woman left explicit messages for him, literally offering themselves to him on his answering machine. The Pistons player simply sat there playing his video games and told Steve not to worry about it - it happened all the time.
-Steve left me with one thing, and it was supposed to be the focus of this piece: NBA players were almost all unfaithful to their wives when he covered the NBA, and remain so today. He said that if someone were to write a book or reveal this in some way, it would rock the sports world like none other.