Over in the other locker room, Isiah Thomas spoke a little bit about the loud ovation he received from the Detroit fans. "It is always kind of embarrassing to live with because we always looked at ourselves as a team and as a Pistons family. Anything that I ever did is because of the team. I'm thankful and I'm grateful and very appreciative of the way that I'm treated here."
Isiah addressed the crowd before the game and joked that he didn't know who would win between the old school Bad Boys and today's Pistons. Rasheed, though, was less bashful. "I think we could have got them. It would be a hell of a game. I'll tell you that. I'm not sure who would win – of course I'm going to say us – but damn, it would be a hell of a game. A hell of a game."
For posterity's sake, the All-Time Team included: Mark Aguirre, Chauncey Billups, Dave Bing, Adrian Dantley, Dave DeBusschere, Joe Dumars, James Edwards, Chris Ford, Richard Hamilton, Grant Hill, Bailey Howell, Lindsey Hunter, Vinnie Johnson, Bill Laimbeer, Bob Lanier, John Long, Rick Mahorn, Tayshaun Prince, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, Ray Scott, Gene Shue, Jerry Stackhouse, Isiah Thomas, Kelly Tripucka, Terry Tyler, Jimmy Walker, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and George Yardley.
I missed this, but A. Sherrod Blakely writes that an all-time starting five was also named: Isiah, Bing, Hill, Rodman and Lanier.
The players credit Bill Davidson for the organization's success. From Chris McCosky:
To everybody else, it was a celebration of 50 years of Pistons basketball. To the members of the all-time Pistons team, it was a celebration of the man who made it all happen -- owner Bill Davidson.
"How ironic is it that we are having this the day after Mr. Davidson was elected to the Hall of Fame," Dave Bing said. "We all thought he was going to get in last year and that was very disappointing. But to see Adrian (Dantley) and Dick Vitale and Mr. D all get in, it's come at a nice time for the whole organization."
Good stuff from Pistons.com:
Text of pre-game speeches from Dave Bing, Isiah Thomas and Chauncey Billups
Pre-game autograph session video
Keith Langlois: Oh, What a Night
The All-Time Team in pictures
Update: If you weren't lucky enough to attend the game, Need4Sheed has a nice recap of what the television broadcast missed. (Also, if you weren't lucky enough to even watch the ceremony on TV, well, Need4Sheed has you covered there, too.