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The Detroit Pistons were in the news recently when they were acquired by the billionaire Tom Gores. As part of the deal, some changes are in the offing. The first in the series of changes would be the changing of coach John Kuester. The Palace of Auburn Hills and DTE Energy Music Theatre came as part of the deal. The home arena of the Pistons will be The Palace of Auburn Hills .
Will there be new players? Who will be the new coach? What are the surprises that they will bring to court? Fans wonder!
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The Detroit Pistons have been giving a steady performance and is among the teams that cannot be easily ignored. They have won three championships since their induction into the League. The latest and the most memorable being the Championship win in 2004.
Greg Monroe , Terrico White and the veteran Tracy McGrady joined the team consisting of prominent players like Ben Wallace, Will Bynum and Chris Wilcox for the 2010-2011 season. This team has much strength. However the new ownership will definitely impact the team, it remains to be seen whether the changes are going to be good or bad.
The Detroit Pistons Story
The Detroit Pistons were founded as Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1941. They were the member of the National Basketball League, joining the NBA only in 1948. They were named Pistons after their founder owners Fred Zollner and his sister Janet's Zollner, who owned the Zollner Corporation, a foundry manufacturing pistons .
The Move to Detroit
Fort Wayne was a small city, but the Pistons had a strong fan following there. Nevertheless, to increase the team's profits, they were moved to Detroit in 1957 by Zollner. Detroit had not seen any teams in a decade after their loss of the Detroit Gems. As the Detroit Pistons they were again back in business.
Pistons on the Top of the World
The year 2004 launched the Detroit Pistons to new heights of Championship League. Their greatest strength was the acquisition of Rasheed Wallace . The Pistons finished the season with the best record of 54-28. They advanced to the finals for first time since the 1990s and shocked the experts by defeating the star studded line up of the Los Angeles Lakers like Shaquille O'Neal , Kobe Bryant , Gary Payton and Karl Malone . They dominated the court, winning five games against the mighty Lakers.
They could not repeat their inspiring performance the next year. The 2004-2005 season saw many setbacks for the team. Pacers–Pistons brawl and the issues with Larry Brown are among the few. They hired a new coach Flip Saunders that season.
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