“The Detroit Pistons are the basketball champions of the world” echoed through the arena. On June 15, 2004, the Pistons put their finishing touches on the series over the highly favored Los Angeles Lakers. In dominating fashion, the Larry O’Brian Trophy again belonged to Detroit.
The same cheers that were heard in the arena could have also been heard in my living room. At just 9 years old, I had just witnessed the peak of my basketball childhood. As any kid does, I had come to love the stars of the game such as Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.