As a Pistons fan in what seems like unfamiliar territory watching this seasons’ NBA Playoffs, it took me back to a time when things changed for the Pistons. You can say as fans that we are spoiled, six consecutive ECF appearance with a two Championship showings and one NBA title. I don’t call it spoiled, in fact I call it a bit of domination.
That team of journeymen who soared to great heights over accomplished according to NBA standards. Chauncey, Rip, Wallace X2, Prince, Memo, Elden, Corliss etc… started something that didn’t suddenly come to an end. A little bit of that special something died when the Pistons lost to the Spurs, when it looked like they were going back to back. A little more so when Ben Wallace bolted for Chicago and the final straw was the Chauncey Billups trade.
We should have seen right then that it was over, but that’s what we do as fans. We root and hope and we stand by our team even though we know the ship is sinking.
I remember another sinking ship called The Bad Boys. It first started taking on water when the Pistons lost to the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs after winning back to back championships. The release of Vinnie Johnson started the take down, and the rest is what it was, the end on an era in Detroit Basketball history. This video will bring it all back….
As we hope NOT to repeat history of years of mediocrity, we have a common thread that may keep us afloat. Joe Dumars was there through it all, let’s hope he will do whatever he can to right wrongs and start a new trend instead of following an old one.
We don’t have much longer to wait to see just what we as Pistons fans have to look forward to.