Rick Mahorn was drafted 35th in 1980 by the Washington Bullets. In 1985 he moved to the Detroit Pistons, who were due to their rough style of play dubbed " Bad Boys ". One of Mahorns trademark, the additional fouling an opponent who has just been fouled by a teammate. With the " Bad Boys " of the power forward won the 1989 NBA championship.
After the success Rick was selected in the expansion draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but changed before start of the season to the Philadelphia 76ers. After he played with the New Jersey Nets, he returned in 1996 to the Pistons back. After two years later he again ran aground Philadelphia, he finished his career in 1999.
Mahorn coached in the 1999/2000 season in the CBA playing Rockford Lightning. With a score of 15 to 7 Mahorn led his team to the title of the American Conference. In the 2000 /01 season, he was hired as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks. Between 2005 and 2009 he was an assistant coach with the Detroit Shock won the championship in 2006 and 2008. In June 2009, he became the coach of the Detroit Shock, which he trained to move the franchise to Tulsa.
In the 2008 season, there was a brawl between the Detroit Shock and Los Angeles Sparks. When trying to settle, Mahorn brought the Sparks player Lisa Leslie to case. He was then suspended for two games.