The Detroit Pistons were founded 1941 as a member of the National Basketball League, but were known as the Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons. The team has won three championships in their history including two during the Bad Boy era and another in 2004 with the Wallace Clan. The team has won nine divisional titles and seven conference championships and is one of the most successful franchises in league history.
There are eight players that have had their numbers retired by the franchise and helped lead them to their successes. Among the players that have been honored by the team and have their numbers hanging from the rafters at the Palace of Auburn Hills are Joe Dumars, Vinnie Johnson, Dennis Rodman, Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer. These players, along with Richard Jefferson, Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups are loved in the city of Detroit and will be for years.
One of the most influential players in the history of the franchise and the league is Thomas. Thomas played his entire Hall of Fame career with the Pistons from 1981-94, won two NBA Championships with the help of Laimbeer, Dumars and company, was a 12-time All Star, member of NBA All-Rookie Team in 1982 and was selected to 12 NBA All-Star games. He didn't have a great run as a coach with the New York Knicks, but will always be known as one of the best point guards of all time.
The Pistons play their home games at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The arena was opened in 1988 and the Pistons have called it home ever since. The arena was the site of the infamous fight between the Pistons, Indiana Pacers and fans known as the Malice at the Palace. At The Palace of Auburn Hills, there are no bad seats in the arena and there is a great view of the action in each seat.