Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

October 10, 2009
The Pistons combine luck and leprechauns in their playing style, or maybe it's just leprechauns?

The Pistons combine luck and leprechauns in their playing style, or maybe it's just leprechauns?


Founded in 1941 by Fred Zollner, owner of the Zollner Corporation, the Detroit Pistons were initially called the “Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons,” as we have previously covered on “Inside the Name.”

They joined the National Basketball League and quickly became a force in the league, going to the finals for four years in a row, winning two consecutive championships in 1944 and 1945, and posting an obscene .700 winning percentage in their seven years in the NBL.

Fort Wayne then transferred into the Basketball Association of America, going an abysmal 22-38 before the BAA and the NBL decided to merge, creating the NBA we know today. The Pistons strung together 14 consecutive playoff appearances from 1949 to 1963, but only appeared in the NBA Finals twice (in 1955 and 1956), losing both times. Due to some crazy playoffs formats in the infancy of the NBA, the Pistons had only five seasons of a record above .500. In 1957, the Pistons moved to Detroit.

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Earn Your Scars

August 17, 2009


Chris “Birdman” Anderson has taken a vow to be carried out up until the point where he shares his vows with his potential future better half. That vow is one of the most sacred and prestigious ones that a man can make: he will not shave his beard until his wedding day. This wedding is still quite a distance away from now, essentially putting his beard at that point into a thicker, more passionate version of Grizzly Adams in his hairiest of days. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dynamic Duo

June 14, 2009


When comparing dynamic twosomes in the Association, it all comes back to Pippen and Jordan. They are obviously the Batman and Robin of their era, but that raises an interesting query, what does that make everybody else? All of their competitors and teammates must fit somewhere in this superhero spectrum. Read the rest of this entry »