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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Ron-Ron Does L.A.

August 31, 2009


Okay Los Angeles, first it was David Beckham, then Manny Ramirez, and now you’ve invited none other than NBA Fight Night King Ron Artest to join the traffic congestion on I-405. The Lakers have signed Ron Artest to a five year deal where Artest will play small-forward and wear number 37, in honor of Michael Jackson.  Everybody who is anybody in sports knows Ron Artest for his role in the infamous Pacers-Pistons basketbrawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2004, but that is neither here nor there.

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The Phantom of the NBA Opera

June 13, 2009
doin' what he loves

doin' what he loves

Ron Artest has been a controversial player in the NBA ever since his brawl at a Pacers-Pistons game in 2004. First drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1999, Artest has become The Phantom of the NBA’s Opera, causing more mischief than one would expect to see in the Broadway musical of nearly the same name. Read the rest of this entry »