Shining Light on Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons Memorable “Bad Boys” Era

July 18th, 2010 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, I resided in Jackson, Michigan, a town located nearly 80 miles west of Detroit.

Back then, all I would hear about was the Detroit Pistons. Isiah Thomas this. Joe Dumars this. Bill Laimbeer this.

Everybody sported Pistons gear, whether it was the the team's famous colors—blue, red, and white—or "Bad Boy" black.

I fondly remember owning a grey t-shirt which featured a few of the players and Coach Chuck Daly riding on the top of an airplane. I believe the shirt read "Detroit Pistons, Back-to-Back Champs" or something of that nature.

In those days, I had just begun to get into sports so the Pistons became my first favorite team. That's kind of funny since I later became a huge fan of the Chicago Bulls, the Pistons' hated rival.

Oh well.

The Pistons of the late 80s and early 90s, nicknamed the "Bad Boys" because of their physical play on the court, are considered by many to be one of the most unforgettable teams in NBA history.

The famous squad began to be built in 1981, when the Pistons drafted University of Indiana guard Isiah Thomas with the second ...

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