Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 12:46 AM EDT Mar 31, 2019 Detroit — Isiah Thomas has been part of some of the biggest moments in Pistons history and generally doesn’t bend when he’s in the limelight. Saturday was one of the few exceptions. The 30-year anniversary celebrating the Bad Boys teams, the back-to-back NBA champions in 1989-90, at Little Caesars Arena may be one of the few exceptions. “I’ve seen that video before but any time you feel that outpouring of love that I received at that moment, I was trying to be cool and not break down, but I was overwhelmed with the emotion and love that I was receiving,” Thomas said. “I want to say thank you to everybody Detroit for making me feel this way. “Any time that the outpouring of love that I receive from the fans and community, I didn’t know how to handle it, so I started tearing up. To have that amount of love and appreciation directed at me during … [Read more...] about Pistons great Isiah Thomas overcome with emotion at 30-year Bad Boys reunion
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Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 8:35 PM EDT Mar 30, 2019 The Bad Boys can still draw a crowd. One of the Detroit Pistons’ largest crowds of the season gathered Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena to witness the 30th anniversary celebration of the first of back-to-back championships in 1989 – a championship the Pistons took in five games over the Los Angeles Lakers. The ceremony, during halftime of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers, was presided over by long-time Pistons play-by-play announcer George Blaha, who called them “truly one of the great teams of all-time.” More: Blake Griffin (sore knee) a late scratch vs. Blazers Franchise great Isiah Thomas, who earlier fought tears when introduced during a stoppage in play, addressed the crowd with brief remarks. “None of this could ever happen without you or all of us working together collectively as one,” Thomas said. All standouts on the team weren’t present. The … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boys celebrate 30th anniversary of title
Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 8:10 PM EDT Mar 29, 2019 In the pantheon of NBA history, the Pistons often get lost in the shuffle. There are the championship years of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s. Then there’s the rise of the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s and beyond. The names are familiar and iconic: Magic Johnson. Larry Bird. Michael Jordan. Shaquille O’Neal. Tim Duncan. All are pillars of the NBA’s growth and popularity during its golden age. The forgotten entity tends to be the “Bad Boys” era of the Pistons, with their back-to-back championships in 1989 and ’90, the teams that featured Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer and Dennis Rodman. The Pistons will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Bad Boys’ first championship with a special commemorative night on Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena. It’ll be an homage to the Bad Boys, who don’t always get their … [Read more...] about Isiah Thomas wants Pistons’ ‘Bad Boys’ recognized among NBA greats
Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 11:24 p.m. UTC Jun 15, 2018 The Detroit Pistons' Bad Boys are often overlooked when discussing some of the greatest runs in NBA history. The Bad Boys, pieced together by general manager Jack McCloskey and coached by Chuck Daly, made five straight Eastern Conference finals from 1987-91, three consecutive NBA finals from 1988-90, and won back-to-back championships in 1989 and '90. Where do they stack up against the legions of great teams throughout league annals? ESPN's Kevin Pelton ranked the NBA's 50 greatest teams of all time this week. Related: How Isiah Thomas became the greatest Piston ever All-Palace Pistons teams, plus All-Palace opponents His methodology: Ranking every team since minutes played were first tracked in 1951-52 based on their performance in both the regular season and playoffs, adjusting for champions vs. non-champions, opponents, and leaguewide quality of play. Each season … [Read more...] about Where do Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boys teams rank among NBA’s greatest?
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 12:04 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 That escalated quickly. After mostly radio silence regarding the Detroit Pistons’ head coaching search, the multiple names were leaked Wednesday. Two names emerged – former coaches to reportedly help the Pistons pick a head coach. Then fireworks. The Free Press confirmed separate media reports that the Pistons would soon interview both TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith and former Michigan star and Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard for the coaching opening. Howard was a member of Michigan’s legendary Fab Five, helping the team reach consecutive Final Fours in 1992 and 1993. There are two more names to the list, the Free Press learned – San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka and Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse. ESPN reported former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey met with the Pistons on Thursday. Another person the Pistons plan to … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons news likely signals end is near for coach, GM searches