In his Uni Watch NBA Preview, Paul Lukas says the “Mr. D” on the Pistons’ collars, in memory of owner Bill Davidson, will be a permanent addition. The Chuck Daly patch will appear just this season.
Detroit and four other teams will also wear special warmups in February to commemorate their championships.
My verdict: The Chuck Daly patch looks good and honors the Pistons’ greatest coach.
When I first saw “Mr. D” written on the collar, it looked a little off. It just seemed too colloquial. But the more I think about it, I like it.
Everyone knew him as Mr. D. And he never got the credit he deserved for getting the franchise where it is. He will always be woven into the fabric of the Pistons – it makes sense to ensure he is literally, too.
The warmups are tacky, and come across as just an attempt to sell more merchandise.