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Vibe: the Pistons are "Hip Hop’s team"

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Have the Pistons become Hip Hop's team? If so, it's news to me, but that's the title of a new article in Vibe Magazine: "The Detroit Pistons: Hip Hop's Team Speaks Up"

"If you look at our team, we’re more like the real. The grind," said Shooting Guard Hamilton. "When you look at us, our braids, the way we dress, I think that’s the reason why they made a dress code. We made it to the Finals and we were still wearing [authentic] jerseys and everything like that. So I think we represent the real."

I won't argue with Hamilton's assessment that the Pistons "represent the real," but they're hardly the reason the NBA instituted the dress code. Don't forget, Tim Duncan used to be a posterboy for how the league didn't want players to dress, and he was one of the most vocal opponents to the new rules:

"I think it's a load of crap. I understand what they're trying to do with [forbidding] hats and 'do rags and [retro] jerseys and stuff. That's fine. But I don't understand why they would take it to this level. I think it's basically retarded.

But I digress. As for whether Detroit really deserves the attention-grabbing moniker "Hip Hop's team," well, that phrase doesn't actually appear anywhere in the article, so you're not going to get an actual explanation.

Instead, it's basically an article that has been written a dozen times before: the Pistons' success is the result of teamwork, not individual statistics, and you know what, these guys actually like each other.Don't get me wrong, it's an enjoyable, well-written article, it's just that the title made me think for a moment that it would actually present a new angle. Expect more of these the deeper Detroit goes into the playoffs.

The Detroit Pistons: Hip Hop's Team Speaks Up [Vibe, link via Full-Court Press]