Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association team based in the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area.

Founded: 1941 as Ft. Wayne Zollner Pistons in National Basketball League; joined Basketball Association of America (forerunner of the NBA) in 1948; relocated to Detroit in 1957.
Formerly known as: Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (1941-48), Fort Wayne Pistons (1948-57)
Home Arena: The Palace of Auburn Hills
Owner: Bill Davidson
Uniform colors: Red, white and blue
Logo design: A basketball with "PISTONS" superimposed upon it.
Mascot: Hooper
NBL Championships: 1944, 1945 (in Fort Wayne)
NBA Eastern Division Championships: 1954, 1955 (in Fort Wayne)
NBA Central Division Championships: 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005
NBA Eastern Conference Championships: 1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005
NBA Championships: 1989, 1990, 2004
2004-2005 Record: 54-28


Franchise history

The franchise was founded in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Fred Zollner, owner of a General Motors subsidiary that manufactored pistons. It is the oldest existing franchise in the NBA. Led by star forward George Yardley, the Fort Wayne Pistons were a popular franchise and appeared in the NBA Finals in 1954 and 1955, losing both times. In 1957, Zollner moved the team to Detroit, a much larger city that did not have an NBA franchise; the Detroit Gems had folded after one season of existence. The new Detroit Pistons played in Olympia Stadium for their first four seasons, then moved to Cobo Arena. The franchise was a consistent disappointment, struggling on both the court and the box office. In 1974, Zollner sold the team to Bill Davidson, who remains the team's owner. Displeased with the team's location in downtown Detroit, Davidson moved it to the suburb of Pontiac in 1978, where it played in the mammoth Silverdome, a structure built for professional football. (The Silverdome was the home of the NFL's Detroit Lions at the time.)

The franchise's fortunes finally began to turn in 1981, when it drafted point guard Isiah Thomas out of Indiana University. In early 1982, it acquired center Bill Laimbeer and guard Vinnie Johnson. The three, along with later aquisitions Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, and Dennis Rodman, formed the core of a team that would rise to the top of the league. With their physical style of play, and intensity with opponents, the Pistons gained the nickname "Bad Boys." Coach Chuck Daly took the team to the NBA Finals three consecutive years (1988-90) and won NBA championships in 1989 and 1990. The team moved into the lavish Palace of Auburn Hills in 1988 and remains there today.

The franchise went through a lengthy transitional period as its key players either retired or left. Though Grant Hill emerged as a gifted player, the team was unable to win a playoff series, losing to the Orlando Magic in 1996, the Atlanta Hawks in 1997 and 1999, and the Miami Heat in 2000. In the summer of 2000, Hill indicated his intentions to leave to Orlando, and Dumars – appointed the franchise's president of basketball operations that year – dealt Hill to the Magic in return for a pair of largely unheralded players. One of them, Ben Wallace, would prove to be a cornerstone for the franchise's revamped roster. Under Dumars's leadership, the Pistons have since surrounded Wallace with rising stars Chauncey Billups, Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince. Coached by Hall of Fame inductee Larry Brown, the Pistons returned to prominence, winning the 2004 NBA championship.

Current season

On November 19, 2004, the Detroit Pistons were involved in a massive brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills during a losing home game against the Indiana Pacers. After fouling Pistons' Ben Wallace, Pacer Ron Artest was hit by a cup while lying down on the scorer's table. This caused Artest to rush into the stands and attack some fans. Other Pacers such as Jermaine O'Neal fought with fans who had walked onto the court. A month later, five Pacers and seven fans were charged after being involved in the "basketbrawl."

See also: The Malice at The Palace.

Presently, the Pistons are considered a strong contender to win a second consecutive title in 2005. Seeded second in the Eastern Conference in the playoffs, they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 and then rallied from a 2-1 deficit to finish off the Indiana Pacers 4-2. In the conference finals, the Pistons again fell behind, three games to two, but then won the final two games to defeat the Miami Heat and become Eastern Conference Champions. In the process, the Pistons became the first team to win a game 7 on the road since the L.A. Lakers did so at the Sacramento Kings in 2002.

The Pistons are currently facing the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, the first two games of which were played at the SBC Center in San Antonio. Games 3 and 4 and 5 will be played at The Palace of Auburn Hills, and games 6 and (if necessary) 7 will be in San Antonio. The Spurs have won the first two games, and Detroit the second to, all by margins of 15 to 31 points. Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday, June 19th at The Palace of Auburn Hills at 9 P.M. Eastern on ABC.

Current Roster

Starters

  • SF - #22 Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky)
  • PF - #36 Rasheed Wallace (North Carolina)
  • C - #3 Ben Wallace (Virginia Union)
  • SG - #32 Richard "Rip" Hamilton (UConn)
  • PG - #1 Chauncey Billups (Colorado)

Reserves

  • G - #30 Carlos Arroyo (Florida Int'l)
  • C - #41 Elden Campbell (Clemson) - free agent
  • G-F - #20 Carlos Delfino (Argentina)
  • F - #12 Ronald Dupree (LSU)
  • F - #8 Darvin Ham (Texas Tech) - free agent
  • G - #10 Lindsey Hunter (Jackson State)
  • G - #5 Horace Jenkins (William Paterson) - restricted free agent
  • F-C - #24 Antonio McDyess (Alabama)
  • C - #31 Darko Miličić (Serbia)

Players of note

Basketball Hall of Fame Members:

  • Dave Bing
  • Bob Lanier
  • Earl Lloyd (inducted as a contributor, not as a player or coach)
  • Isiah Thomas
  • Chuck Daly (Inducted as Coach)

Not to be forgotten:

  • Adrian Dantley
  • Grant Hill
  • Rick Mahorn
  • Dennis Rodman
  • John Salley
  • Jerry Stackhouse

Retired numbers:

  • 2 Chuck Daly (never played in the NBA; represents the two NBA championship teams he coached)
  • 4 Joe Dumars
  • 11 Isiah Thomas
  • 15 Vinnie Johnson
  • 16 Bob Lanier
  • 21 Dave Bing
  • 40 Bill Laimbeer

Coaches and others

Basketball Hall of Fame Members:

  • Larry Brown
  • Chuck Daly
  • Earl Lloyd (inducted as a contributor, not as a player or coach)
  • Gregory Johnson

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Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday, June 19th at The Palace of Auburn Hills at 9 P.M. Halas also coached the team off-and-on for forty seasons, an NFL record. The Spurs have won the first two games, and Detroit the second to, all by margins of 15 to 31 points. They were founded by George Halas, who maintained control of the team until his death in 1983. Games 3 and 4 and 5 will be played at The Palace of Auburn Hills, and games 6 and (if necessary) 7 will be in San Antonio. The Bears are one of the storied NFL teams. The Pistons are currently facing the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, the first two games of which were played at the SBC Center in San Antonio. The Chicago Bears are a National Football League team based in Chicago.

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This caused Artest to rush into the stands and attack some fans. Larry Morris. On November 19, 2004, the Detroit Pistons were involved in a massive brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills during a losing home game against the Indiana Pacers. After fouling Pistons' Ben Wallace, Pacer Ron Artest was hit by a cup while lying down on the scorer's table. Johnny Morris. Coached by Hall of Fame inductee Larry Brown, the Pistons returned to prominence, winning the 2004 NBA championship. Mike Hartenstine. Under Dumars's leadership, the Pistons have since surrounded Wallace with rising stars Chauncey Billups, Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince. Raymont Harris.

One of them, Ben Wallace, would prove to be a cornerstone for the franchise's revamped roster. Jim Harbaugh. In the summer of 2000, Hill indicated his intentions to leave to Orlando, and Dumars – appointed the franchise's president of basketball operations that year – dealt Hill to the Magic in return for a pair of largely unheralded players. Rick Casares. Though Grant Hill emerged as a gifted player, the team was unable to win a playoff series, losing to the Orlando Magic in 1996, the Atlanta Hawks in 1997 and 1999, and the Miami Heat in 2000. Mark Carrier. The franchise went through a lengthy transitional period as its key players either retired or left. Doug Buffone.

The team moved into the lavish Palace of Auburn Hills in 1988 and remains there today. Marty Booker. With their physical style of play, and intensity with opponents, the Pistons gained the nickname "Bad Boys." Coach Chuck Daly took the team to the NBA Finals three consecutive years (1988-90) and won NBA championships in 1989 and 1990. Neal Anderson. The three, along with later aquisitions Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, and Dennis Rodman, formed the core of a team that would rise to the top of the league. 77 Harold (Red) Grange. In early 1982, it acquired center Bill Laimbeer and guard Vinnie Johnson. 66 Clyde (Bulldog) Turner.

The franchise's fortunes finally began to turn in 1981, when it drafted point guard Isiah Thomas out of Indiana University. 61 Bill George. (The Silverdome was the home of the NFL's Detroit Lions at the time.). 56 Bill Hewitt. Displeased with the team's location in downtown Detroit, Davidson moved it to the suburb of Pontiac in 1978, where it played in the mammoth Silverdome, a structure built for professional football. 51 Dick Butkus. In 1974, Zollner sold the team to Bill Davidson, who remains the team's owner. 42 Sid Luckman.

The franchise was a consistent disappointment, struggling on both the court and the box office. 41 Brian Piccolo (the subject of the film Brian's Song). The new Detroit Pistons played in Olympia Stadium for their first four seasons, then moved to Cobo Arena. 40 Gale Sayers. In 1957, Zollner moved the team to Detroit, a much larger city that did not have an NBA franchise; the Detroit Gems had folded after one season of existence. 34 Walter Payton. Led by star forward George Yardley, the Fort Wayne Pistons were a popular franchise and appeared in the NBA Finals in 1954 and 1955, losing both times. 28 Willie Gallimore.

It is the oldest existing franchise in the NBA. 7 George Halas. The franchise was founded in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Fred Zollner, owner of a General Motors subsidiary that manufactored pistons. 5 George McAfee.
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Gregory Johnson. LeVar Woods. Earl Lloyd (inducted as a contributor, not as a player or coach). Greg White. Chuck Daly. Cliff Washburn. Larry Brown. Bobby Wade.

40 Bill Laimbeer. Nathan Vasher. 21 Dave Bing. Brian Urlacher. 16 Bob Lanier. Charles Tillman. 15 Vinnie Johnson. John Tait.

11 Isiah Thomas. John Shivers. 4 Joe Dumars. Nicholas Setta. 2 Chuck Daly (never played in the NBA; represents the two NBA championship teams he coached). Ian Scott. Jerry Stackhouse. Darnell Sanders.

John Salley. Fred Russell. Dennis Rodman. Ricker. Rick Mahorn. A.J. Grant Hill. Gabriel Reid.

Adrian Dantley. Marcus Reese. Chuck Daly (Inducted as Coach). Jerrell Pippens. Isiah Thomas. Shurron Pierson. Earl Lloyd (inducted as a contributor, not as a player or coach). Adrian Peterson.

Bob Lanier. John Owens. Dave Bing. Adewale Ogunleye. C - #31 Darko Miličić (Serbia). Joe Odom. F-C - #24 Antonio McDyess (Alabama). Muhsin Muhammad.

G - #5 Horace Jenkins (William Paterson) - restricted free agent. Qasim Mitchell. G - #10 Lindsey Hunter (Jackson State). Fred Miller. F - #8 Darvin Ham (Texas Tech) - free agent. Terrence Metcalf. F - #12 Ronald Dupree (LSU). Todd McMillion.

G-F - #20 Carlos Delfino (Argentina). Jason McKie. C - #41 Elden Campbell (Clemson) - free agent. Brad Maynard. G - #30 Carlos Arroyo (Florida Int'l). Alfonso Marshall. PG - #1 Chauncey Billups (Colorado). Patrick Mannelly.

SG - #32 Richard "Rip" Hamilton (UConn). Dustin Lyman. C - #3 Ben Wallace (Virginia Union). Bo Lacy. PF - #36 Rasheed Wallace (North Carolina). Olin Kruetz. SF - #22 Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky). Craig Krenzel.

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Thomas Jones. Todd Johnson. Tank Johnson. Ron Johnson.

Bryan Johnson. Ben Johnson. Jonathan Jackson. Israel Idonije.

Chad Hutchinson. Hunter Hillenmeyer. MIchael Haynes. Tommie Harris.

Chris Harris. Rex Grossman. Mike Green. Roberto Garza.

Justin Gage. Carl Ford. Jamin Elliott. Steve Edwards.

Rob Droege. Quinn Dorsey. Ryan Dinwiddle. Alrese Currie.

Marc Colombo. Desmond Clark. Darrell Campbell. Jeremy Cain.

Ruben Brown. Mike Brown. Alex Brown. Lance Briggs.

Doug Brien. Mark Bradley. Alfonso Boone. Bernard Berrian.

Eddie Berlin. Cedric Benson. Keith Belton. Derrick Ballard.

Jerry Azumah. Bryan Anderson. Zack Abron. Otis Wilson.

Mike Singletary. Reggie Phillips. Ron Rivera. Mike Richardson.

William Perry. Steve McMichael. Wilber Marshall. Dan Hampton.

Leslie Frazier. Gary Fencik. Dave Duerson. Richard Dent.

Keith Van Horne. Tom Thayer. Matt Suhey. Walter Payton.

Emery Moorehead. Jim McMahon. Dennis McKinnon. Jay Hilgenberg.

Willie Gault. Mark Bortz. Jim Covert. Maury Buford.

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