Not Michael Jordan, not Larry Bird, not Even Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas says his ‘Bad Boy Pistons’ drew 60,000 attendance to NBA stands
The 80s era in the NBA was to be solely dominated by its never seen rivalry between Larry Bird’s Celtics and Magic Johnson’s Lakers. And if something was left, a certain young gun by the name of Michael Jordan was to take over. However, Isiah Thomas and his crew in Detroit had other plans.
Led by players like Thomas, Joe Dumars, and Bill Laimbeer, the Pistons became a team to be reckoned with in the second half of the 80s. They rose to fame for their tough defense and physical play, and their rivalry with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers added to the excitement around the team.
All of a sudden, they became very popular, due to their physical and aggressive style of play, as well as their new-found success on the court. The team’s “Bad Boy” image went so popular that it became their nickname.
They had one of the biggest fan bases in the league even before they had won a championship. In fact, Zeke claims to have brought in more eyeballs in the stands than even the Celtics, Lakers, and Bulls in the 80s.
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It wasn’t Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, or Magic Johnson who drew the highest attendance in NBA history
Hate him and his teams all you want, but logic says Zeke is right. The truth behind it, you ask? Let’s get down to it.
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