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

Pistons celebrate in downtown Motown

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – The Pistons celebrated 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 eventually concluded inside 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 were a common theme at the celebration as head coach Larry Brown
wore numerous tops, including an Ivan Rodriguez Detroit Tigers jersey. 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.

Detroit Pistons rookie Darko Milicic missed the celebration after undergoing
surgery to repair a broken hand that he suffered during Game 5 of the NBA
Finals.

DET