By DAN JENKINS, Guest Writer
For many years there was a noise that was synonymous with autumn in the Motor City. It was as familiar to fans as the sound of skates carving up Joe Louis Arena, “Hail to the Victors” and the MSU Fight Song echoing throughout Ann Arbor and East Lansing, cheers of “Megatron” coming from Ford Field, and chants of “MVP” coming from Comerica Park.
There was a time when fall meant a new season for the Detroit Pistons and their fans. Choruses of 22,076 people screaming “DE-TROIT BASKETBALL” would rock The Palace in hopes of another championship returning to Detroit.
Over the last few years this hope has diminished, and the city’s basketball team has taken a backseat to the other sports. The team and the franchise have begun a complete overhaul with Tom Gores officially purchasing the team and The Palace in 2011. Lawrence Frank would become the team’s first non-rookie head coach in 3 years, following Gores to Auburn Hills.
Now, just one player remains from the 2004 Championship team, captain Tayshaun Prince. New blood has helped die-hard fans regain some hope for the future with solid draft choices made by General Manager Joe Dumars over the last three seasons.
Center Greg Monroe, now entering his third season as a professional, is considered to be one of the top players at his position in the Eastern Conference. Point Guard Brandon Knight is coming off of a successful rookie campaign in which he became a full time starter and lead the team in assists and three-pointers. The latest draftee, Andre Drummond out of UConn (University of Connecticut), shows potential to be one of the top centers in the game.
One thing’s sure, if Gores and Dumars can do their jobs successfully then there will be cheers ringing in The Palace once again.