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Adrian Dantley returns to the Palace

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. . . as an assistant coach with the Nuggets. The Free Press caught up with him

How we remember him: Dantley joined Detroit in 1986 where he helped turn the Pistons into winners. The 17th all-time leading NBA scorer, six-time All-Star, and 1977 NBA rookie of the year was acquired from Utah in a trade for Kelly Tripucka and Kent Benson. Although Detroit lost to the L.A. Lakers in seven games in the '88 Finals, in Game 1 Dantley led the Pistons to victory by scoring 34 points and shooting 14-for-16 from the floor. Dantley missed out on the Bad Boys NBA championships when, in the middle of the '88-89 season, he was traded to Dallas for Mark Aguirre, a move rumored to be engineered by Aguirre's friend, Isiah Thomas.

On what he said to Isiah just before tip-off, when Dallas met Detroit after the 1989 trade: " 'I know you traded me (bleep).' He didn't respond."

Well, it's nice to see he doesn't hold a grudge. And with that, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Adrian Dantley [Detroit Free Press]