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. Louis Rams beat the New York Jets in a thrilling overtime game the Saints were eliminated. The Spurs have won the first two games, and Detroit the second to, all by margins of 15 to 31 points. In week 17, the Saints defeated division rivals Carolina; however, the Saints needed other results to break their way and when the St. 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. At that point Haslett's job appeared to be in jeopardy; however, he managed to pull the team together and put on a three-game win streak, leaving the Saints in playoff contention in the final week of the season. 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 2004 season started poorly for the Saints, as they went 2-4 through their first six games and 4-8 through their first twelve games.

Lakers did so at the Sacramento Kings in 2002. In 2003 the Saints again missed the playoffs after finishing 8-8. In the process, the Pistons became the first team to win a game 7 on the road since the L.A. The Saints failed to make the playoffs in 2001 and 2002, although in the latter year they had the distinction of beating the eventual Super Bowl XXXVII winners Tampa Bay in both of their regular season meetings. 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. Current coach Jim Haslett has held the post since 2000, in which year he took the team to the playoffs but lost to the Minnesota Vikings a week after besting the St. Louis Rams for the team's first ever playoff win. 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. Another playoff berth would follow in 1990, and the club's first division title came in 1991.

Presently, the Pistons are considered a strong contender to win a second consecutive title in 2005. That combination provided the Saints with their first-ever winning record and playoff appearance, going 12-3 in the 1987 season, which had one fewer game than normal due to a players' strike. See also: The Malice at The Palace. Current Saints owner Tom Benson acquired the franchise in 1985, and hired Jim Finks as general manager and Jim Mora as head coach. A month later, five Pacers and seven fans were charged after being involved in the "basketbrawl.". In 1980, the Saints lost their first 14 games, prompting fans to design paper bags to wear over their heads to the team's home games; the bags rendered the club's name as the "'Aints" rather than the "Saints," and this practice then spread rapidly, first to fans of other poorly-performing teams within the NFL, and ultimately to those of other American team sports as well, and has become a firmly-established custom throughout the United States. Other Pacers such as Jermaine O'Neal fought with fans who had walked onto the court. Their first season record was 3-11, and they could not manage to even finish as high as second in their division until 1979.

This caused Artest to rush into the stands and attack some fans. Despite a 94 yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown by John Gilliam, the Saints lost their first game 27-13 to the Los Angeles Rams. 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. became the majority stockholder, and the team was named the Saints on 9 January 1967, since the franchise had been granted to the Saints on All Saints' Day. Coached by Hall of Fame inductee Larry Brown, the Pistons returned to prominence, winning the 2004 NBA championship. Mecom, Jr. Under Dumars's leadership, the Pistons have since surrounded Wallace with rising stars Chauncey Billups, Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince. John W.

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The franchise was a consistent disappointment, struggling on both the court and the box office. Deuce McAllister. The new Detroit Pistons played in Olympia Stadium for their first four seasons, then moved to Cobo Arena. Joe Horn. 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. Aaron Brooks. 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. Jim Finks.

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. 1992 season: 36-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association team based in the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area. 1991 season: 27-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Gregory Johnson. 1990 season: 16-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Earl Lloyd (inducted as a contributor, not as a player or coach). 1987 season: 44-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Chuck Daly. 2004 8-8. Larry Brown. 2003 8-8.

40 Bill Laimbeer. 2002 9-7. 21 Dave Bing. 2001 7-9. 16 Bob Lanier. 2000 10-6 (DT). 15 Vinnie Johnson. 1999 3-13.

11 Isiah Thomas. 1998 6-10. 4 Joe Dumars. 1997 6-10. 2 Chuck Daly (never played in the NBA; represents the two NBA championship teams he coached). 1996 3-13. Jerry Stackhouse. 1995 7-9.

John Salley. 1994 7-9. Dennis Rodman. 1993 8-8. Rick Mahorn. 1992 12-4 (WC). Grant Hill. 1991 11-5 (DT).

Adrian Dantley. 1990 8-8 (WC). Chuck Daly (Inducted as Coach). 1989 9-7. Isiah Thomas. 1988 10-6. Earl Lloyd (inducted as a contributor, not as a player or coach). 1987 12-3 (WC).

Bob Lanier. 1986 7-9. Dave Bing. 1985 5-11. C - #31 Darko Miličić (Serbia). 1984 7-9. F-C - #24 Antonio McDyess (Alabama). 1983 8-8.

G - #5 Horace Jenkins (William Paterson) - restricted free agent. 1982 4-5. G - #10 Lindsey Hunter (Jackson State). 1981 4-12. F - #8 Darvin Ham (Texas Tech) - free agent. 1980 1-15. F - #12 Ronald Dupree (LSU). 1979 8-8.

G-F - #20 Carlos Delfino (Argentina). 1978 7-9. C - #41 Elden Campbell (Clemson) - free agent. 1977 3-11. G - #30 Carlos Arroyo (Florida Int'l). 1976 4-10. PG - #1 Chauncey Billups (Colorado). 1975 2-12.

SG - #32 Richard "Rip" Hamilton (UConn). 1974 5-9. C - #3 Ben Wallace (Virginia Union). 1973 5-9. PF - #36 Rasheed Wallace (North Carolina). 1972 2-11-1. SF - #22 Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky). 1971 4-8-2.

1970 2-11-1. 1969 5-9. 1968 4-9-1. 1967 3-11.

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