The Pistons will honor the 25th anniversary of the 1988-89 championship team during their March 28 game against the Miami Heat, according to the Detroit Free Press.
David Stern reportedly will even be there, if that gets you going. For the rest of us, I expect most of the Bad Boys to show up – Isiah Thomas, Vinnie Johnson, Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn, James Edwards, John Salley and Joe Dumars being my top guesses.
Unfortunately, unless the Pistons improve by March 28, this will likely be a chance for fans to boo Dumars on his way out – a la Karen Davidson at Dennis Rodman’s jersey-retirement ceremony. I hope I’m wrong about that. It would be unfortunate, no matter what you think of the job Dumars has done as general manager, to ruin what could be a cool event.
I’m a little surprised by the timing of it, though. Ceremonies like this are used to draw fans. Heat games also typically draw fans. Wouldn’t the Pistons be better off spreading those attractions to two separate games? Or has attendance at The Palace fallen so far that both are needed on a single night?