Phil Jackson exposes Detroit Pistons 1999 blockbuster trade offer for Kobe Bryant

We have all heard about Kobe Bryant vetoing a trade to the Detroit Pistons in 2007 but according to former Los Angeles Lakers head coach, Phil Jackson, the Pistons offered another trade for Kobe during the 1999-2000 season. According to Jackson, then Pistons GM Joe Dumars offered the Lakers a trade for Bryant that would … Read more

Former Detroit Pistons star Grant Hill lands big-time gig

According to USA Basketball, former Detroit Pistons star Grant Hill has landed a big-time gig. USA Basketball announced on Saturday that Hill will succeed Jerry Colangelo as managing director of USA Basketball. Olympic gold medalist @realgranthill33 has been approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors as the next managing director of the USA Men’s … Read more

Detroit Pistons All-Time Starting Lineup

When looking back through the storied history of the Detroit Pistons, there have certainly been some outstanding players (and coaches) along the way. Because of that, it was not easy to come up with what I believe the Pistons all-time starting lineup would look like. My first hurdle was that my plan was to include … Read more

Jamal Crawford says Bulls GM Jerry Krause wanted to acquire Grant Hill

Following the highly noted breakup of the Chicago Bulls in 1998 following a second championship three-peat, general manager Jerry Krause reportedly had a plan in mind to build a new super team in the Windy City. While appearing on The Platform podcast, former Bulls player Jamal Crawford said Krause wanted to acquire Detroit Pistons small … Read more

BREAKING: Michigan Sports Hall of Fame announces Class of 2019

The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2019 and to say it is an accomplished group would be a severe understatement. The list of inductees include the following: Grant Hill Vladimir Konstantinov Morris Peterson Diane Dietz Allison Schmitt Charles Woodson Dan Fife Harry Atkins Mike O’Hara Tom Wilson Congratulations to the … Read more

Former Detroit Piston to be inducted into Hall of Fame

According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, former Detroit Pistons forward Grant Hill will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Grant Hill, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash have been notified that each will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2018, sources tell ESPN. Formal announcement comes at Final … Read more

LOOK: 3 former Pistons nominated for the Hall of Fame for the first time

Candidates for the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class were announced Thursday and a few of your favorite Pistons made the list for the first time. There have been seventeen Hall of Fame players come through and play for the Detroit Pistons organization, as well as two Hall of Fame Coaches, Larry Brown … Read more

LOOK: Pistons all-time roster for NBA 2K revealed

NBA 2K is far and away the best basketball based video game series on the market right now, and they always find a way to create massive hype around their yearly releases. One new addition that has fans clamoring for NBA 2K18 is their release of “all-time” teams, which takes the best players in each … Read more

Should Grant Hill have his jersey retired with the Pistons? He thinks so

The Detroit Pistons have been criticized for not being very selective about whose jersey they retire. On one hand, jersey retirement is usually only reserved for those who are held in basketball lore across the entire NBA. On the other hand, the Pistons can retire whatever player’s jersey they want because it’s something specific to … Read more

Top 10 All-Star Performances in Pistons History

When Andre Drummond checks in on Sunday evening, it’ll mark the first time a Detroit Piston has made an All-Star appearance since Allen Iverson during the 2008-09 season. It’s been dark times on the All-Star front in the years since Iverson’s two point showing, but it hasn’t always been that way. Here’s our take on 10 of … Read more

Throwback Oddity: Grant Hill performed the same exact All-Star Game dunk 10 years apart (Video)

Weird things begin happening when one watches more classic NBA All-Star games than should ever be necessary in a given lifespan. I can’t really explain my fascination but for some reason, if the Pistons have a day off and I’m looking for something to watch over dinner, I strangely find myself frequently returning to archived mid-season basketball … Read more

The 5 Hottest Starts in Pistons History

The 2015-16 Detroit Pistons really couldn’t have asked for a better start than their three game run through the Hawks, Jazz, and Bulls in the season’s first week. Considering the Detroit Lions situation (that situation being: the Lions are the Lions), there was a quick touch of excited relief for a Detroit franchise exceeding expectations, if only … Read more

The Dominance of Grant Hill (22 pts, 14 reb, 9 ast, 1 soul-crushing dunk)

Upon delivering a 26-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist performance against the Magic last March, point guard Reggie Jackson became the first Piston in nearly 20 years to record more than one triple-double in the same season.

Pistons New Logo
Despite its historic infamy, the new Pistons logo was generally well-received. (Laura Varon Brown, Detroit Free Press)

The last man to accomplish such a feat, of course, wasn’t too much of a slouch himself. In fact, Grant Hill  dropped four triple-doubles during the 1997-1998 season.

But today, we’re taking one more step back.

November 1996 was a time of change for the Pistons, not entirely dissimilar to the position Stan Van Gundy’s crew appears to be setting up for themselves today. Head coach Doug Collins was entering his second year at the helm. Veterans like Grant Long and Otis Thorpe had begun to fully settle in. And perhaps most drastically, the Pistons were rocking a new look, having traded in their red, white, and blue for burgundy, black and gold.

Opening up the season with a pair of convincing wins over the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks, the Pistons stepped foot upon Philadelphia’s CoreStates Center with a sense of early-season swagger. Nevermind that it was Allen Iverson’s third game as a 76er, it was Detroit’s time to shine.

Perhaps not satisfied with his 22, 15, and 9 performance against the Hawks, Grant Hill 2.0 (the one with a significantly more reliable pull-up jumper) doubled down and brought the pain in Philly.

Things got real late in the fourth (2:20 of the clip above). Trailing by four with under three minutes remaining, Hill used a Terry Mills screen and a lightning quick first step to zip into the lane for a one-handed punch. Next Philly possession, Grant Hill sneakily crept in for a help side block on Derrick Coleman, leading to a game-tying jumper from Hill just moments later.

Then, following a 76ers score: Grant Hill unleashed the beast.

Facing down Sixers forward Mark Davis, who was locked in and assuming fundamental defensive positioning, Hill led him left with a dribble drive before suddenly spinning at a moment’s notice and hammering home the mother of all two-handed dunks, hanging on the rim for effect before slowly levitating to the ground a la Dave Chappelle’s interpretation of Prince.

It was enough to leave even opposing fans in shock and awe.

By then, the writing was on the wall. This was Grant Hill’s game. With the contest tied in the waning seconds, Hill drew a foul attacking the rim and calmly sank both free throws, handing the Pistons their third win of the season in as many tries. Over their first 11 games in 1996-97, the Pistons’ only blemish came in a loss to a Chicago Bulls team coming off an NBA record 72-10 campaign the season prior.

The Pistons would go on to win 54 games that season, only to settle for a fifth seed in the East and fall in a tough first round series against the Atlanta Hawks.

Despite the anti-climatic finish, ’97 served as the most successful Pistons season since the Bad Boys world championships of 1989 and 1990.  And it was all thanks to the dominance of Grant Hill.

The 10 Greatest Pistons Buzzer-Beaters of the Last 25 Years

What’s the deal with an all-time countdown having a 25-year age limit? Well, blame technology. As someone with a close-to-becoming-a-real-problem type of interest in historic basketball media, I’d love nothing more than to get my hands on some Lightning-bolt era buzzer beaters and highlights. Alas, there doesn’t seem to be much demand for any Pistons footage … Read more