You’d think in a two-week span of no football, that someone, somewhere would have the gall to not write about Jerome Bettis going home to Detroit and instead talk about a team from Detroit homing in on an NBA record.
Did I lose a memo about keeping the Pistons’ 37-5 record quiet for a while? Is it not the right time? If not, when is?
In February, when the Olympics begin? In March, when the NCAA Tournament captures office attention? In April, when baseball season begins?
All five starters average double figures:
- Rip Hamilton: 21.6 points/game
- Chauncey Billups: 19.3 points/game
- Rasheed Wallace: 15.3 points/game
- Tayshaun Prince: 14.3 points/game
- Ben Wallace: 12.5 rebounds/game
While everyone’s going giddy that Ben Roethlisberger is starting in the Super Bowl, Detroit already has their own Big Ben.
They beat Miami by 6. They topped San Antonio by 15. Inexplicably, two of their 5 losses were to the sub-.500 Utah Jazz. So they’re not the greatest team. That nod likely goes to the 95-96 Bulls.
At this point in their season, the ’96 Bulls (record: 72-10) had already enjoyed a 13-game win streak and were 16 games into another string of 18. This year’s Pistons are currently on an 11-game tear, playing tonight at New Jersey.
[ADBLOCKHERE]With a 37-5 record, the ’06 Bad Boys have an 11½ game lead on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Allow me to go on a limb and deduce that this year’s Pistons will make the playoffs.
The Pistons will need to finish out the year 36-4 to top those ’96 Bulls. Unlikely, but they have a fighting chance to hit the elusive 70-win echelon (33-7).
In an era where the NBA has turned into baseball in that there’s always eight people standing around, people should breathe easily witnessing a team playing like a team and not like five tall guys who happen to wear the same color.
Their 11-game win streak is more than the combined roll that the Steelers (7 in a row) and Seahawks (2) are riding, and their 37-5 record is also more impressive than the combined W-L of the AFC and NFC champs (28-9).
But, shhhh, keep it down. The Super Bowl is next week. Pretend you didn’t hear this.