They stayed Alive in Five and clenched what originally seemed an utterly impossible victory against the infamous(perhaps soon to be not so spectacular) LA Lakers. Last night in the Palace of Auburn Hills the fantabulous NBA finals came to a close as the Bad Boys brought home a title they haven’t witnessed in 14 years, returning a sense of Pistons passion and pride to D-town in their 100-87 conquest of the court. Hats (or in honor of Hamilton, masks) off to Larry Brown and the little team that could and did take on the Fab Four with a team effort that is seemingly unprecedented in the NBA. Sitting anxiously in our standard bar positions, intently hunched and anxiously watching the clock trickle down we couldn’t help but continually knocking on wooden wall beside us each time we would pronounce the possibility of Piston victory. Despite the fact we were hardcore D-town fans(hometown proud in fact) we knew that if any team could turn things around, need I remind anyone of Game 2, it would be the Lakers, and the last thing we wanted to do was jinx our boys. Needless to say they were consistent, amazing and totally unstoppable…no match for their heartless , demoralized and defeated competition. When it comes down to it this series proved that the team that works and plays together wins and stays together. The Pistons cherished that old fashioned high school saying, “There is No I in team”, whereas the Lakers, like the majority of LA peeps, followed the mission of me , myself and I. In the end of the day, regardless of the individual talent that exists within a group it can by no means stack up against the power and strength that is beheld by the amount of fraternity,love and good old fashion teamwork that resonated from the Pistons.
While the Pistons scored the big WIN on Tuesday night the two teams came together throughout this series to regale us with each and every shot, block, assist and foul word they tossed about and for that a million thank yous. I truly have a new appreciation, love and obsession with the NBA and I am bidding a bittersweet fairwell to the series. Congratulations to Chauncy Billups, Rashede Wallace, Ben Wallace(fluffy head), Rip Hamilton, Larry Brown, Joe Dumars, Bill Davidson and the entire Bad Boys Bench , now kings of the court. Not only did they play some phenomenal B-ball they did it with old school grace, loyalty, modest and a die hard love of the game and for that we HOLLA at D-town!