Sports History in Black: Detroit Pistons

By Mike Patton

Black News & Views

On this day in 1989, the Detroit Pistons won their first NBA title in the team’s franchise history.

Isaiah Thomas and the Detroit PIstons in 1989.
Isaiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons in 1989.

Magic Johnson won his titles with the Lakers. Larry Bird won his titles with the Celtics. But in 1989, a talented point guard named Isaiah Thomas and a talented Detroit Pistons team put their mark on the NBA world. The Detroit Pistons completed a finals sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers to win the NBA title. The team, nicknamed the Bad Boys, would go on the repeat the next season.

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