The Detroit Pistons are an Eastern Conference team competing in the Central Division. They sell Pistons tickets to The Palace of Auburn Hills located in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Pistons main rivals are the Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Lakers. The franchise was founded in 1941 as part of the National Basketball League (NBL). They were originally known as the Fort Wayne Pistons. The team joined the NBA in 1948 and relocated to Detroit in 1957. Some of the all-time great Pistons include Joe Dumars, Bob Lanier, Dave Bing, Bill Laimbeer, and Vinnie Johnson. Perhaps the greatest Detroit Piston in team history is point guard Isiah Thomas.
Detroit Pistons tickets were sold to three consecutive NBA Finals from 1988 to 1990. The team's first trip to the finals they fell to the Lakers in seven games. They avenged that defeat the following year by sweeping the Lakers and earning the team's first NBA championship (the franchise won two titles as members of the NBL). The Pistons returned to the NBA Finals in 1990 and repeated as champs by sacking the Portland Trail Blazers in five games. The team of this era was known as "The Bad Boys" and featured a squad of hard-nosed, gritty players: Thomas, Dumars, Laimbeer, Johnson, John Salley, and Dennis Rodman. The "Bad Boys" were coached by Chuck Daly, one of the NBA's most respected figures.
Detroit Pistons basketball would return to the NBA Finals in 2004 to face a heavily favored Lakers team. Nonetheless, the Pistons defeated their Western Conference rivals in five games. The Pistons that year were coached by basketball legend Larry Brown. The championship team was led by Finals MVP Chauncey Billups and featured Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace, and Ben Wallace. Dumars, from the Pistons' "Bad Boys" days, served as the team's president of basketball operations. Also, William Davidson became the first and only owner (as of 2010) to win both the NBA and NHL titles in the same year. Davidson also owned the Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay Lightning.