Thursday , Jun , 17 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons celebrate in downtown Motown

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – The Pistons are celebrating their first NBA
title since 1990 during a Thursday ceremony in downtown Detroit.

“The crowd out here is unbelievable,” said forward Tayshaun Prince. “We are
having a great time.”

Detroit captured the championship by defeating the heavily favored Los
Angeles Lakers in five games in the NBA Finals.

The festivities kicked off with a 1.3-mile parade from Jefferson Avenue to
the Hart Plaza and then will eventually move to the The Palace of Auburn
Hills, where the team clinched the title on Tuesday.

“I am feeling all good inside,” said forward Rasheed Wallace, who was wearing
a Red Wings retro Gordie Howe jersey.

Jerseys are a common theme at the celebration as head coach Larry Brown is
wearing an Ivan Rodriguez Detroit Tigers sweater. The well-traveled Brown won
his first NBA title in 21 years as a head coach in the league.

This marks the third title for the Pistons, who also won in 1989 with a sweep
of the Lakers.