Hickory High, a great newer NBA site if you’re into stats, has a more light-hearted post today, looking at how closely a NBA team’s name correlates to the team’s mascot. Here was the tongue-in-cheek portion on the Pistons:
8. Detroit Pistons – Hooper the Horse – Correlation: -0.95
My understanding is that the Pistons take their name from the engine part as an homage to the relationship between the city of Detroit and General Motors. Choosing a horse as a mascot would appear to be the polar opposite, in a transportation sense, to any vehicle powered by pistons. This is a slap in the face to the American automotive industry.