As part of a TrueHoop Network project, several of us are explaining our second favorite NBA team.
I love defense.
Remember that Pistons-Pacers series in 2004? The high game score was an 85. Everyone said it was terrible basketball.
But I could watch games like that 82 times a season. Every possession was a war.
Back then, I thought the Pistons were a budding dynasty. They won the title that year. It seemed they could win something like two of the next four.
They were led by an underrated superstar who quietly dominated. They had a great coach who knew exactly how to push his players’ buttons. And they had a GM who continually kept the team a contender.
But instead of Ben Wallace, Larry Brown and Joe Dumars, Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford led a team to three championships in five years.
The Spurs have been everything I thought the Pistons could be. They play tough D. They rebound. They play hard. The play smart. They have great fundamentals.
I don’t need flash. Winning is key. And the Spurs system wins. It’s ridiculous how long their championship window has been open.
When I watch the Spurs, I see what the Pistons could have been. And Detroit was just the Darko pick away from being San Antonio.
I rarely feel strongly about a team other than the Pistons. I didn’t really root for the Spurs as much as I recognized they were everything I wished the Pistons were.
But now I want them to be the rich man’s Detroit, so they can get Antonio McDyess the ring he deserves.
Then it’s time for the Pistons to become the envy of other teams’ fans.
I really want to hear back from you in the comments. I thought this was a pretty interesting question. Is there a consensus second favorite team among Pistons fans? Which team’s fans do you think like the Pistons most (and none isn’t an option)?
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