Pistons Bad Boys After Party
We love all the recent, well-deserved attention and accolades being paid to the Detroit Pistons legendary Bad Boys. It was a great team and a great time for Detroit. I’m happy and privileged to have witnessed it then - and now.
The Kid Rock narrated documentary about The Bad Boys, “30 for 30,” that aired on ESPN on April 17, was phenomenal. It told the story of what is undoubtedly the greatest era in Detroit basketball, while painting a clear picture of who the characters are and how/why they fit into the mix. In late March, we attended and wrote about the private fundraising party at Westin Book Cadillac. The next night, The Bad Boys appeared and were saluted at The Palace during half time at the Pistons/Miami Heat game.
At the game, as guests of Ethan and Gretchen Davidson (Ethan is the son of the late Pistons owner, William Davidson) we were invited to a small, private after party in the luxurious Courtside Club. There were good hors d’oeuvres and hearty cocktails, but they paled in comparison to the guest list.
We overheard one guest, dressed in a conservative business suit, exclaim, “I can’t believe I’m standing here with one of the greatest basketball players of all time while he talks to one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Somebody pinch me.”
He was referring to Isiah Thomas and Henrik Zetterberg.
We were excited to catch up with Isiah after being pretty good friends during that cherished era and not having seen each other since until now. We didn’t miss a beat at this reunion. We enjoyed meeting Tom Gores. Very cool guy. During the party, he and Isiah played an impromptu game of pool. We’re not sure what the wager was, but Isiah scratched the eight ball. Did he throw the game?
One of the highlights of the evening for us was kicking it with basketball great Earl Cureton. Homeboys from the eastside of Detroit, we tried to paint a picture for Ethan Davidson of what Mack and Bewick is all about.
“You can go up there and get whatever you want – sex, drugs, a marriage license, birth certificate,” Cureton teased, well, sort of. If you don’t know about it, don’t ask. It’s a deep eastside thing.
We left that party with a warm feeling in our hearts – not just because it was a fun party, but because it was a celebration of an amazing time in Detroit with a cast of diverse, talented, loveable characters. Congratulations and thank you, Bad Boys!
By Chuck Bennett