Flashback: Richard Hamilton Scores 31 Points in 2004 NBA Finals

On the heels of Richard Hamilton’s official retirement from the NBA this afternoon, we felt it would only be fitting to take a look back at one of our favorite memories from his time in Detroit. If often goes overlooked, but Richard Hamilton frequently turned his game up come playoff time. When points were typically … Read more

Kobe Bryant Confirms Nixed Pistons Trade in 2007

Chalk one up for confirming what many of us already assumed to be true. On Sunday evening’s episode of The Grantland Basketball Hour, special co-host Kobe Bryant fielded a handful of email questions regarding his illustrious career. One of the more intriguing queries: “Did you really squash your own trade to Detroit in 2007?” “That is … Read more

Report: Lakers May Be Interested in Jennings, Monroe

Two of the most important cogs behind the Pistons’ recent 9-1 surge appear to be on the radar of at least one club out there, but that doesn’t mean Detroit’s interested. According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Los Angeles Lakers have been active on the phones since mid-December, and that’s apparently included inquiring about the … Read more

Flashback: Stuart Scott Reports Pistons’ 2004 NBA Championship (Video)

It doesn’t take much to get Pistons fans feeling all nostalgic and whatnot. Following Detroit’s recent seven game win streak, we’ve fielded more than a handful of comments recently that read along the lines of, “I’m starting to get that 2004 feeling, all over again.”

We get it. Two weeks of winning, after over five years of futility, is a nice change of pace. But don’t get it twisted, the 2004 Pistons were a culmination of failure, development, winning, failing again, a little luck, a lot of luck, and then the ultimate reward. These 2015 Pistons pups would be best served proving their worth through an entire month of basketball before we begin drawing any drastic conclusions.

But back to the matter at hand. Today’s throwback clip is about triumph. The 2004 Pistons overcame well-documented odds to shake off the star-laden Los Angeles Lakers in what basketball culture has dubbed the NBA’s first “five-game sweep.” Prior to their championship victory, the Pistons were known as a team full of pretty good role players. After they’d been crowned champs, suddenly every member of their starting five became known as an all-star caliber player. Oh how perceptions so readily change.

One member of the national media who stuck in Detroit’s corner throughout their run in ’04? That’d be Stuart Scott, who tragically lost his extended battle with cancer earlier this week. In the midst of a country-wide campaign to disparage the Pistons’ lesser-paced, gritty, grind-it-out playstyle as being an example of poor skill that’d become exposed against a high-powered team out west, Scott was there to hold it down for the Motown crew.

Most notably, Scott let his personal support of the Pistons’ hard work seep through while reporting on their Game 2 Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Indiana Pacers. During a then-rare live broadcast of Sportscenter, Scott spoke highly of Tayshaun Prince’s game-saving block on Reggie Miller, declaring, “You will not see a play with more hustle than Tayshaun Prince had on a game saving block.”

He would continue, “For all you cats out there, who were crying about ‘Oh Detroit plays ugly basketball. It’s not good basketball.’ This was a hell of a game.”

So today, we celebrate our Pistons, but we also honor Mr. Scott. Rest well, good sir. And holler at a player when you see him in the street.

Old Pistons Rivals Collide: Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Scoring List

Shooting free throws on a cold winter night in Minneapolis probably isn’t the most glorious of circumstances for which to eclipse a mark set by the greatest of all-time, but Kobe Bryant will take it. At the 5:24 mark of Sunday night’s Lakers-Timberwolves showdown, Bryant connected on two free throws, tying and then passing Michael … Read more

Last Night’s Turning Point: Wesley Johnson Dunks on Josh Smith

Things were progressing along nicely for the Pistons last night. Sure, it may speak volumes about their current status to consider “progressing along nicely” meant “tied late in the second quarter with a 4-13 opponent”, but it is what it is at this point. Josh Smith, in particular, was having his way with the Lakers. … Read more

3rd Quarter Collapse Dooms Pistons in 106-96 Loss to Lakers

The Detroit Pistons trailed by one point at halftime of Tuesday night’s battle against the Los Angeles Lakers. Things were looking up. Josh Smith had 15 points at intermission, missing only three shots and making all three of his free throw attempts (that’s progress for a 42.6% free throw shooter). Perhaps most importantly, Lakers guard … Read more

Video Flashback (2012): Kobe Dons Mask, Beats the Buzzer at the Palace

Ahead of tonight’s showdown between the 4-13 Lakers and 3-14 Pistons, we thought we’d take a look back at a finer time, when a DSN’er was in the house to shoot some guerrilla footage of a surprisingly entertaining showdown from the lockout season just three years ago. On March 6, 2012, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant stepped into … Read more