The Top 30 Moments In Detroit Pistons History

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AUBURN HILLS, MI – APRIL 10: Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores has fun passing a basketball with a young fan after the final NBA game at the Palace of Auburn Hills between the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons on April 10, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Washington won the game 105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

30. Tom Gores Buys The Pistons

This isn’t something I would have ever imagined putting in a list of top 30 moments in Piston history just five years ago, but it would be a mistake to sell short just what this moment meant to the organization and its future.

The Pistons were in one of the darkest eras in their history after the passing of Bill Davidson, who had owned the team from 1974 until his passing in 2009. It froze the Pistons’ ability to make big moves, and it may have contributed to the malaise that claimed Joe Dumars‘ executive career as a casualty.

In June of 2011, Tom Gores entered the picture for the Pistons and quickly began to change things after buying the team for $325 million.

He loosened the purse strings that had been tightened following Davidson’s passing under the ownership of his wife Karen. He proceeded to update the Palace of Auburn Hills, and he absolutely broke the bank to bring Stan Van Gundy into the fold as president and head coach.

Gores spearheaded a move from the Palace back to Midtown Detroit, and the Pistons will start next season in their new home in Little Caesars Arena.

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