Detroit Pistons Logo – Detroit Pistons is a professional team of basketball of the NBA based in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan. The Pistons were founded in 1941, playing first in the NBL until its entry into the NBA in 1948. Until 1957, the team played in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Among the successes of the franchise are two NBL championships and three NBA, two of them consecutive in 1989 and 1990, and the third in 2004. We also have 7 conference titles and 15 division (4 of them belong to the NBL). They play their home games at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The franchise was founded under the name of Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, a team from the NBL who played for North Side High School Gym in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Zollner Corporation, owned by Fred Zollner was a factory which manufactured pistons primarily for cars and trucks. In 1948 , the team became the Fort Wayne Pistons, competing in the BAA. Zollner got the NBL and BAA to join and form the NBA. Since then, the Pistons began play in the NBA. Led by their star George Yardley, Fort Wayne Pistons was a very popular franchise in the league and reached the Finals in 1954 and 1955, losing both.
The team the city of Fort Wayne is was starting to be small, so that in 1957, Zollner led the Pistons to Detroit, a city much larger than had not had a professional basketball team in a decade. In 1947, the city lost to Detroit Gems of the NBL, who moved to Minneapolis to become the Minneapolis Lakers (now in Los Angeles) and Detroit Falcons of the BAA, which disappeared. The new Detroit Pistons played in Olympia Stadium (then the flag of Detroit Red Wings in the NHL) during his first four seasons, until they moved to Cobo Arena. The franchise was a constant disappointment, both in sports and financially.