Detroit set to honor 1989 and 2004 championship teams this season
On Wednesday morning, the Detroit Pistons announced that they will honor the championship-winning teams from 1989 and 2004 with in-game ceremonies on two separate dates this season.
According to the team’s official report, the 1989 squad will be recognized on March 30th, when they’ll welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to town. The 2004 team will be celebrated on April 7th, when the Pistons take on the Charlotte Hornets.
JUST ANNOUNCED: We'll be honoring the 1989 Championship team on March 30 when we take on Portland and the 2004 Championship team April 7 when we take on Charlotte! #DetroitBasketball pic.twitter.com/mahMnGGPRa
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January 23, 2019
Avid hoops fans will remember Detroit’s 1989 team well. Led by legendary head coach Chuck Daly, “The Bad Boys,” as they came to be known, finished 1st in the Central Division that season and went on to sweep the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, claiming their first championship in franchise history.
Detroit’s 89′ team was a talented group, to be sure. Isiah Thomas, one of the greatest players in the history of the game, served as the team’s point guard. Joe Dumars, a vastly underrated player out of McNeese State, played the two. The front-court is where this Pistons team dominated, however. At 6-11, Bill Laimbeer was an imposing force at center. Laimbeer was flanked by Rick Mahorn at the four. And let’s not forget about Dennis Rodman, who’s viewed as one of the best rebounding forwards of all time.
Some Pistons fans view the 89′ team as its best iteration, but the squad from 2004 was great in its own right. Under head coach Larry Brown, the Pistons were once again viewed as a tough defensive team. They finished second in the Central Division with a 54–28 record and went on to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals, 4-1, which was their third title in franchise history.
Detroit’s 2004 team created a lot of problems for opposing sides. Chauncey Billups, who served 17 years in the NBA, was the starting point guard. Richard Hamilton, who’s known as “Rip” for his accuracy at range, was making it rain from the two spot. Tayshaun Prince, who’s now serving as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies, was slashing his way to the hoop form the wings.
How about their defensive presence, you ask? Yeah, Detroit’s 04′ squad had that. “Big Ben” Wallace was the team’s staring center, and Philly native Rasheed Wallace held it down at the four.
Without a doubt, these are two of the greatest squads in NBA history. It’s only fitting that they should be recognized accordingly.