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.
The legendary Basketball coach and big part of the Detroit Pistons’ success lost his fight with cancer this morning, he was 78.
If you don’t know of the legacy that Chuck Daly left us I suggest you read the glowing peace by Krista Jahnke of the Free Press.
“That changed in May 1983 when the Pistons hired Daly to coach a team that had never posted back-to-back winning seasons.
He stayed nine seasons, making the playoffs each year. His team posted five straight seasons with 50 or more victories and went to the Eastern Conference finals each year from 1987 to 1991.
They won the NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. In ’89, with Finals MVP Joe Dumars leading the way, they swept a Los Angeles Lakers team that went 11-0 in its first three playoffs rounds. They returned to the Finals in 1990, beating the Portland Trail Blazers in five games.
Daly once referred to himself as a second banana. He never won NBA coach of the year but was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1997, the Pistons retired the No. 2 jersey to the rafters, in honor of Daly’s two championships.
His NBA coaching record — including one season in Cleveland before coming to Detroit, and two seasons each in New Jersey and Orlando after the Pistons — was 638-437 (.593). His record with the Pistons: 467-271 (.633), plus 71-42 in the playoffs.
The identity still attached to the Pistons franchise was born under Daly’s influence.
His teams played hard. They won with defense. They were physical — so rough and tumble that the nickname Bad Boys quickly stuck.”
And why they called him Daddy Rich:
“Daly, affectionately called “Daddy Rich” by his Pistons players for his dapper suits, compiled a 638-437 record in 14 seasons as an NBA head coach and holds the Pistons’ record for most wins — 467, in nine seasons — in franchise history.” Via NBA.com
He will be missed.