Today is a typical busy fall day for me but it comes with a twist.
In addition to shooting a Double Coverage segment with Drew Sharp for the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press web pages and covering Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Tigers and Oakland A’s, I will be downtown for another reason.
ESPN is in town shooting a 30-for-30 series on the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons. The show is going to run next year and they will be in town this week and again later this fall interviewing more people. I look forward to the taping. It will be my third sit down on one of these major projects. I was also involved in a Dennis Rodman and Kevin Garnett taping.
This is my first 30-for-30 and I am looking forward to the questions they have. The reason they asked me to sit down for an interview is because I was the Pistons beat writer for The Detroit News along with Drew Sharp of the Free Press and Dean Howe from Booth Newspapers, now known as M-live.
We experienced a lot and we saw a lot following this team during the championship days and the decline. There were so many layers to this team. It wasn’t just about winning titles and being perceived thugs. They were a tough minded team and that is why they won titles.
Here is the thing I am willing to say and it won’t set well with a lot of people. I know a good part of the story will be about the Pistons walking out on the Chicago Bulls when they were swept out of the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals. The team was old and tired and Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen knew they were trampling over the Pistons.
Isiah Thomas has said he regrets walking out. I would have walked out also. The Bulls were up 3-0 and I was at the Palace talking to Jordan along with a bunch of other reporters. He really dogged the Pistons, saying they were bad champions and bad for basketball. He went on and on and on. I know that filtered back to the Pistons and they were hurt and felt disrespected.
It should be a fun day. I have a lot to do and hopefully this is not the final game at Comerica Park.