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It was a very special night at the Palace of Auburn Hills Friday. The Bad Boys were reunited and honored at the halftime of the #Pistons vs. Heat game to commemorate the 25 year anniversary of their championship.

I’ve been to some very special nights at the Palace, so it was nice to have that special feeling in that building again.



Video Courtesy of Fox Sports Detroit

Dennis Rodman didn’t make it, but when you get to even say Fennis Dembo, let alone see him in person it’s like your birthday and Christmas rolled up in one.

The 26-45 #Pistons will host the 48-22 Heat Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons, who are 1-2 against the Heat will do their best for a home team crowd who will pack the Palace to see the Bad Boys reunite.

The good: Despite the upsetting season, Pistons fans should get a treat to see some of their favorites being honored at The Palace.

The unknown: Is it possible for some of the Bad Boys “mojo” to rub off on the current Pistons?

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out.
Heat::Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade – unlikely.

Stat: Detroit is 1-2 against the Heat this season.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The #Pistons season got you down? Leave it to Rasheed Wallace to brighten up anyone’s day.

Sheed sat down with one of my favorite all time Pistons Rick Mahorn for a saucy debate right before the Bad Boys are getting honored at the Palace Friday night.  Who would win the Pistons “Bad Boys” or the 2004 Championship team.
What ensues is hilarious.

Sheed on the Pistons Bad Boys Bench.  “all y’all’ had was Vinnie.” The Worm…”no threat.”


Video Via Pistons.com

James Buddah EdwardsAt least he has respect for Buddha!

Thanks Sheed, Pistons fans need a little comedy these days.

Place your vote over at Pistons.com the voting is pretty tight. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve watched both teams win their Championships and the 89 team would have pulled it out.

Detroit Bad BoysOver the past 2 decades, the NBA has slightly modified their rules from year to year to all but remove any type of physical play from the game.  In these 2 decades we have seen the league go from teams that are playoff contenders due to limited player movement, to more recently “superstars” ganging up on teams to create “super teams”.  All of these changes were made in large part because of the league wanting to lift its superstars up, to get the fans more interested in purchasing player apparel and for more fans to become interested in the game because of higher scores and more up and down play…. ESPN is planning to take us all back to the end of the days where a team could be a team, and together they would be strong enough to overtake a team with a superstar, by running a 30 for 30 special about the ‘Bad Boys’ era Detroit Pistons.

These Bad Boys are not the main reason why I began watching basketball, but I came to love them because all of my friends hated them.  I grew up a fan of Joe Dumars, who was a main member of the Bad Boys teams of the late 80s and early 90s.

So… tune your televisions to ESPN on April 17 at 8pm to see the Bad Boys honored in a 2 hour documentary in which many old players, coaches, and opponents are interviewed as a part of the show.  So, even though it’s “April in the D” and the Tigers are back… get a little warmth back in your soul by watching Laimbeer, Mahorn, Rodman, Salley, etc all smack down Jordan and Pippen’s candya$$e$ while their former teammates and coaches whine about it and we all laugh about it and wish Greg Monroe or Andre Drummond had a mean streak in them like the former Bad Boys big men.

By Rashid S. Umar

It’s common knowledge, at least on this site, that I’ve been a fan of the Detroit Pistons since I as seven years old, dating back to the 1983-84 season.

Over the years, I’ve found myself becoming more and more emotionally involved with the team, as well as, all of the others who represent Motor City, and I’ve noticed some things.

Detroit Bad Boys
As a teen, I used to watch each game with a grey and blue Pistons t-shirt in my lap, I would wake up to my Isiah Thomas autographed basketball and said wished it “good morning” (if you laugh I will hunt you down and eat your soul, this is hard for me as is), heck even during the 2004-2005 seasons, when the team would be on the verge of losing a series I would wear my red, white, and blue shirt, in hopes that they would stave off elimination – it actually worked until the game seven loss in the ’05 Finals to the Spurs.

Now has come a new wrinkle in my “fanatic” lifestyle, I find myself deleting players from my social media i.e. Facebook friends once they leave.

Ohhhhh… serious… I know.

It started with Grant Hill back in 2000.  I was a fan of his website and would receive e-mail updates of his newsletter.  Once he left for Orlando, I deactivated my account with the enclosed message “Burn in Hell, Grant!!”  Harsh?  Yeah, I know.

Years later, once Ben Wallace decided to leave for Chicago in 2006, Rasheed leaving for Boston in 2009, and Rip Hamilton this past off-season, I deleted them all from my Facebook account in an attempt to mask the disappointment of them moving on with their careers.
One of my good friends said, “I understand what you’re saying, but I keep them as ‘friends’ because I still root for them.”

I respect your thoughts, sir.

Now, I know that this is a business, and I know that we as die-hard fans tend to go overboard, but don’t try to talk sense into us at the time of these events happening.

I guess, in a way, at least for me, when someone decides to leave it’s like they’re dissin’ our much maligned city.

Or, perhaps it’s just a case of a die-hard fan being a fan.

What crazy thing do you as a fan sometimes?

Rashid Umar is a guest writer for Need4Sheed.com.  He can be contacted via Facebook or email at inquires@rashidumar.com, or visit his website at http://www.rashidumar.com.

This #Pistons Video has got to put a smile on your face after Detroit’s game against Philadelphia. I didn’t get a chance to watch the game live, but it was on in the distance and I watched the score throughout. I just had a chance to watch the replay and if you’re like me, you don’t want to rehash that one. That’s why I prefer to give you a little video to make you think of better days.

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Video Courtesy of the NBA and the Detroit Pistons

By Rashid S. Umar

Transition in sports can be tough.  After years of being amongst the elite, old age and a stale mix of players can lead to a mediocre product, which is later dismantled in an attempt to rebuild.  This is something that Detroit Pistons’ fans have seen before.

At the end of the famed “Bad Boys” era, the Pistons found themselves looking up at the rest of the Eastern Conference falling to the depths of the 60-loss club in 1994.

Detroit Bad Boys

Before that season, management had decided to trade a disgruntled Dennis Rodman to San Antonio for fan favorite Sean Elliot.  The move was looked at as a positive one considering that Elliot was young and athletic.  However, with an aging Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer – both would make that season their last – rookies Lindsay Hunter and Allan Houston, mainstay Joe Dumars and Terry Mills, and others, the team would finish 20-62.  It is still the franchise’s second worst record ever – the worst was 16-66 in 1980 — and fortunately, no team has challenged it since…possibly until 2012.

This year’s edition of the “Motown Sound” offers a collection of young talent, mixed matched players, a new coaching staff, and a new owner.  The only issue is – other than the 4-14 start after being beaten like a drum in OKC – is the fact that the roster is comprised with guys who not only lack offensive ability, but also a lack of defensive and rebounding awareness… among other things.

After finally finding a new owner, firing a overmatch and under qualified coach after two awful seasons, and buying out a team legend who’d become more of whiner than a winner; the team has for lack of a better phrase regressed… more.

The team currently is 30th in the league in scoring at 84.9 a game, only Detroit Pistons the Teal Yearsthree more than the all-time low of 81.9 by the 1999 Chicago Bulls.  They are 27th in the league in point differential at -10 a game and are second to last in opponent’s field goal percentage at .477.

The ’94 team was second to last in scoring, and point differential.

The team’s lone bright spots are their cornerstones of the future in Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight.  As for the others, Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon remain enigmas, Charlie V. hasn’t contributed much due to injuries, Tayshaun Prince’s resigning remains a mystery, Ben Wallace is too old to bring it every night, and Austin Daye seems lost.  The others… well… Jason Maxiell and Jonas Jerebko are bigs who struggle to make an impact, and Will Bynum shoots too much.

Add the fact that coach Lawrence Frank is trying to implement a new system that requires effort and accountability on both ends of the court – something that was lost during the John Kuester era – and you have a roster that is easily exploitable.

Not to be lost here is the fact that the lockout had only hindered the opportunity for teams like Detroit to work through some of its perceived issues.  Teams like the Heat, Bulls, and Thunder have a more stable setting with players who have played together and rely on defense and rebounding to win games.

Now I must admit that as a diehard fan, I can’t turn away.  In addition to the ’94 Pistons’ season, I have the 2009 Detroit Lions season (0-16) and 2003 Detroit Tigers (43-119) to claim as a product of my emotional investment.

As a longtime Pistons’ fan – and I’ve been one since 1984 – I have had some great times and some not-so great times rooting for this team.  I must admit that I didn’t think we would ever be subjected to another year like ’94.   However, every team at some point – even the Lakers: 1994 and 2005 – and it’s just our turn.   But, who expected it to be this bad?

There is however hope.

After another trip to the lottery this summer, the Pistons should be able to grab an impact player in a draft that is being billed as the best since 2003, when the likes of: Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Chris Bosh – all are currently on the same team interestingly enough – and… Darko…

But still, did we think it would be this bad?

Rashid Umar is a guest writer for Need4Sheed.com.  He can be contacted via Facebook email at inquires@rashidumar.com, or visit his website at http://www.rashidumar.com.

The Worm will have his night at the Palace.

The Pistons announced today that the club will retire Dennis Rodman’s No. 10 during a halftime ceremony April 1 when the Pistons host the Bulls.

“I’m pleased that we are honoring Dennis for his accomplishments as a player and his contributions to the success of the organization,” said Joe Dumars, the Pistons’ president of basketball operations and a teammate of Rodman’s. “His jersey retirement is well-deserved.” via The Freep

Greg Monroe will finish out the season in #10 and will change next season. No news yet to what Monroe will change his number to.

BAD BOYS Forever!

It was one of those days where I had time to search through my Sheeednormous video archive when I happened to stumble across a good one.

It’s a top ten what if’s that have sealed the fate of our Detroit Pistons.  What makes me think a little more since the last time I watched this video (about 2 seasons ago) is what has happened since this video was put together and the uncertainty around what twists and turns we are in for once the team has a new owner.

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Video Courtesy of the NBA and The Detroit Pistons.