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The Detroit Pistons is a professional team of the National Basketball Association that is located in Detroit. The home stadium of the team is The Palace of Auburn Hills. The team was established as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons that was included in the National Basketball League. It was owned by Fred Zollner who was owner of the Zollner Corporation.
The team was renamed as the Fort Wayne Pistons in the late forties. After 1949 owing to the formation of the NBA the team became its member. At that time it was led by George Yardley and the teams popularity continued to soar, and although they made appearances in the NBA Finals twice but were defeated on both occasions.
The Pistons are notorious for conspiring with gamblers and throwing away several games during 1953-1955 seasons. A popular example of this is the 1955 NBA Final that they lost to the Syracuse Nationals. The Pistons were on a lead but allowed their opponents to win in the second half. A last minute throw by King led to the victory of Syracuse. Apart from that there were several last minute fouls that cement the belief of the Pistons’ conspiracy with the gamblers.
During the late 1940’s they were defeated by the Detroit Gems of the NBL who later became the Los Angeles Lakers and also by Detroit Falcons. Although they were quite popular but the limited size of the city made it impossible to bear more profits. Due to this reason the team was relocated in the late 1950’s to Detroit, which offered a larger area. The newly relocated Detroit Pistons played for four years in the Olympia Stadium which was the home ground for the Detroit Red Wings. Later they moved to Cobo Arena where they consistently struggled both in the field and at the box office.
Though the team featured several talented individual players but failed to make a strong collective impact on the whole. Amongst the talented players that featured the Pistons’ lineup were Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Jimmy Walker and Bob Lanier. There was a point when player DeBusschere was the youngest coach in NBA’s history but owing to a badly timed trade during the 1968 season he was sent to the New York Knicks in exchange for Howard Komives and Walt Bellamy whom were in the retirement their ages.
They struggled all through the 1970s into the 1980s. They began with a 16-66 record in which they lost the last fourteen games. It was followed by a 21-61 record in 1980-81. They lost the first seven games in 1980-1981 and held the record for the largest losing streak in the history of NBA at 21 losses. The record has been broken.
2008 season saw the designation of Rasheed Wallace as the new center for the Pistons’. After recording a third season as the coach for the Pistons’ Saunders marked the longest tenure as their coach following Chuck Daly who had nine year tenure. The Detroit’s’ posted a finishing record of 59-23.
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