The Rise of an Era
Throughout the 1980's, the NBA Championships had become predictable to say the least. Every year, from 1980 on, the finals involved either the Lakers or the Celtics, and from 1983-1988, one of those two teams stood as victors at the end of the tournament. In 1989, despite the Lakers making an appearance, things changed. The Detroit Pistons returned, having lost in the finals to The Lakers in 1988, with a fire burning. That fire resulted in The Pistons defeating The Lakers in a four game sweep! This was the first time in NBA history that a team had swept the first three rounds of the playoffs to then be swept in the finals. This incredible playoff performance for The Pistons set the tone for the following year. The grit and hard work displayed earned the team the nickname "The Bad Boys."
The following year, The Pistons lead the Eastern Conference going into the finals and swept The Pacers in round 1. Rounds 2 and 3 proved more difficult, with The Pistons defeating The Knicks and The Bulls in 5 and 7 games respectively. Moving into the finals, it was the first time in a decade that neither The Lakers nor Celtics made an appearance. Instead, The Pistons matched up against The Portland Trail Blazers. Through the first few rounds, The Trail Blazers had a similar experience to The Pistons, winning with a sweep, then 7 and 6 games series. Their luck, however, changed when they faced Detroit. The Pistons only lost Game 2 to the Trail Blazers, despite no game having a spread of more than 6 points. After Game 5 in Portland, The Pistons became only the third franchise to ever win back-to-back championships.
These monumental seasons, paired with the incredible characters that were "The Bad Boys," cemented the teams place in history.
Who we are
The Sports Gallery, Inc. and Second Story Collection
The Sports Gallery, Inc. and Second Story owners Michael Fishman and Bob Manning have more than 60 years combined experience in dealing Detroit sports memorabilia. The two have built trusted brands based on their relationships with not only Detroit's professional sports teams, but also teams from across the country, colleges and universities, and even international athletes. Both businesses have curated collections containing pieces with both monetary value and incredible historic value.
After years of working side by side, Fishman and Manning teamed up to create these amazing pieces and collectibles made from the 1989-1990 NBA Championship floor - the ACTUAL court on which the Pistons took on the Lakers in 1989 and the Trailblazers in 1990. Through these pieces it is possible for you to take home a piece of sports history.