Chauncey Billups: ‘What we did (in 2004) will never happen again’

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One of the best to ever wear a Detroit Pistons uniform, point guard Chauncey Billups joined Adrian Wojnarowski this past week on his ‘The Vertical Podcast’ show. Wojnarowski touched on many topics with Billups, one in particular stands out from the others. About a quarter of the way through the podcast, Wojnarowski brought up how the 2004 Pistons squad were the “anti-super team” and asked Billups if it gave him a ‘greater appreciation’ for what ended up happening in the Motor City after the 2004 name season came to a close.

Detroit_Pistons_logo.svgHe’d just gotten done with a touching on the topic of Kevin Durant and how the Golden State Warriors will now be looked at as a ‘super team’. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the ‘Big 3’ era Miami Heat teams were also involved in the conversation. Chauncey reflected on how he, Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace ‘often talk in a group text’ about just how special the 2004 season really was. Regarded in Detroit as ‘The Best Starting Five Alive’, people tend to forget that all five were basically players that other teams simply just didn’t want. Who knew that when they all made there way to the Motor City that they would become champions.

We all remember when the Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in five games to become NBA champions in 2004. The Lakers were regarded as a ‘super team’ themselves with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone and Gary Payton on the roster. Nobody, absolutely nobody seemed to give the Pistons any chance whatsoever to take down the almighty Lakers team. Detroit wasn’t scared, intimated or anything of the matter.

Rasheed reminded us all of that.

Classic ‘Sheed’ right there.

The 2004 NBA Finals matchup was truly a ‘David vs. Goliath’ type altercation between the Piston and Lakers. Detroit seemed to just punch Los Angeles right in the mouth, put them down for the count, en route to hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Doing it at home made it that much more special of a moment.

Other topics such as head coach Larry Brown‘s role in putting the Pistons over the top, how his experience will help him relate to players if he enters coaching and Chauncey’s memories of the infamous “Malice in the Palace” incident were spotlighted. The discussion about the ’04 team really stood above anything that was talked about between Wojnarowski and Billups. They really were the cinderella team that ended up doing the unthinkable.

There are so many memories from that special season in Detroit basketball and like ‘Mr. Big Shot’ said, what the ’04 squad did ‘will never happen again’.

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Posted by Daniel Willim
Born & raised in the mitten. Grew up in Traverse City, but moved down to the Redford, MI area after my Dad tragically passed away in 1999 because that's where he was being buried and we wanted to be down there with him. I'm an avid Detroit sports fan, growing up in the state of Michigan and having such a solid block of teams to root for is something special. Iv'e always liked discussing Detroit sports whether it be about the past, the present or even what the future holds for Michigan sports teams. It's a long time coming as I am very excited to be apart of the DSN team and be able to construct interesting features to be posted for Detroit Sports fans to read/discuss about.