Sometimes I have to remind myself that for a significant stretch of time, the Detroit Pistons owned MJ and the Bulls.
1988 Eastern Conference Semis: Pistons, 4-1
1989 Eastern Conference Finals: Pistons, 4-2
1990 Eastern Conference Finals: Pistons, 4-3
1991 Eastern Conference Finals: Bulls, 4-0
If the entire Pistons franchise in the late 80s/early 90s wasn’t so punchable, maybe Isiah Thomas would be a Dream Teamer and society wouldn’t tacitly view the Bad Boys’ back-to-back ships as a footnote in the Bulls saga.
Perspective is everything, and the perspective is that Isiah crawled so Jordan could fly.
And, in true Jordan fashion, he has found a roundabout way to humiliate his rivals three decades later.
On Tuesday, Nike announced that all 30 NBA teams (Pistons included!) will rock the “Jumpman” logo on their alternate uniforms.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) July 21, 2020
(It also doesn’t help that the current Pistons jerseys are capital T Trash.)
Is it a coincidence that the Pistons picked their worst jersey ever to put the Jordan logo on? I think not.
— Justin Lambregtse (@JLambregtse) July 22, 2020
Pistons fans are beside themselves.
Pistons fans aren’t taking the Jumpman news well 😂 pic.twitter.com/lQxzEx3YxA
— Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) July 21, 2020
The brutal irony of sporting the emblem of the man who squeezed the life out of your franchise was not lost on the rest of the NBA world either.
When members of the Bad Boy Pistons see the new Detroit City Edition jerseys with a jumpman on them pic.twitter.com/9dKpteXFjW
— Mo Mooncey (@TheHoopGenius) July 21, 2020
MJ seeing his logo on a Pistons jersey pic.twitter.com/8flzL1JHWE
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 21, 2020
Jordan when Bill Laimbeer goes on ESPN to complain about the Jumpman logo being on Pistons Jerseys pic.twitter.com/rqFftMJ2RK
— Shamar English (@english_shamar) July 21, 2020
Isiah Thomas seeing the Pistons wear Jordan’s logo on their jerseys pic.twitter.com/ohrVTwzs3I
— pi’erre! ➐ (@HoodiePierre) July 21, 2020
Michael Jordan having the Pistons print his logo on their jerseys is Keyser Soze-level vengeance https://t.co/1ytWtqzTB3
— Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak) July 21, 2020
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 21, 2020
Isiah Thomas rn pic.twitter.com/7cKUOE56l2
— Black Lives Matter✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿| Bear Down (@BryanRomine_) July 21, 2020
— Dimitri (@NoLookTimeout) July 21, 2020
MJ seeing the Jumpman logo on the Pistons jersey for the first time pic.twitter.com/fd5T9YJuiG
— Blue Wire Podcasts (@bluewirepods) July 21, 2020
when MJ sees the Jumpman logo on a Pistons jersey pic.twitter.com/RmxOOFmetP
— I Think You Should League Pass (@nbaleave) July 21, 2020
If it’s any comfort to you Pistons fans, at least you have an entire bubble season and off-season to process this hurtful information.