The late Eighties and early Nineties were an extremely competitive era in the NBA. It was a time before the full watering down of the league, and a team had to be truly great to win the title then. The Detroit Pistons were such a team in 1989 and 1990, and this episode of ESPN's "30 for 30" looks back at the Pistons' brief but brilliant run. The Pistons drafted Isiah Thomas in 1981, and this episode recalls GM Jack McCloskey's building of the team and the addition of players around Thomas, as well as the hiring of legendary coach Chuck Daly.
The Pistons suffered brutal losses to the Celtics in the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals and to the Lakers in the 1988 NBA Finals, but after a key trade, Detroit broke through in 1989 and defended their crown in 1990. Their run ended in 1991 at the hands of the Bulls and the team broke up afterward, but the Pistons of that era were a truly memorable team, and this is yet another great "30 for 30" episode. This DVD is rounded out with a bonus feature—Isiah Thomas, Doug Collins, Jalen Rose, and Bill Simmons discuss the Pistons of that era.