Since the Detroit Pistons won the NBA Draft Lottery, there is excitement among a fan base desperate for something to cheer about. Unfortunately, that excitement already seems to be drowned out by worry, consternation, frustration, and paranoia. Every non-Detroit Pistons fan is coming up with truly wild reasons why Troy Weaver should trade the pick; why he doesn’t really want the pick; why if he uses the pick, it will be on everyone but Cade Cunningham.
My advice — relax. And to help with that relaxation, let’s go back to simpler times in the immediate aftermath of those first moments when we all realized Detroit won. Finally. After 51 years and the least amount of lottery luck imaginable. With Detroit Vs. Everybody and myriad drafting failures hanging over all our heads. It was finally Detroit’s turn.
Luckily, everyone records themselves doing everything, and that includes watching ESPN on an otherwise unremarkable Tuesday evening. If Detroit didn’t get the No. 1 pick, I assume most of these videos would have been forgotten in the cloud or quickly deleted. But they didn’t, so they weren’t. Instead, they were shared for all the world to see. And now I share them with you.
Reaction to winning the Cade Cunningham sweepstakes seems to fall into a few categories — “Oh my god!,” “Let’s f*cking go!,” running around and/or hugging people like an idiot, and there is definitely a strong contingent of grown men shrieking and reaching an octave previously thought unattainable.
I think I covered this in my initial post, but, frankly, it’s all a blur, so I’ll retell it. I heard my wife screaming from downstairs. I was upstairs watching on a stream pre-writing my “Pistons pick four, but that’s OK” post. My stream was a good 30-45 seconds behind. Screaming meant: 1. The hated Cavs got the first pick 2. The cable went out 3. The Pistons won the lottery.
My wife wasn’t using any actual nouns. Actually, she wasn’t using words. Just the beginning of what sounded like the word “what” stretched out to 10 syllables, and maybe something that sort of sounded like “I don’t believe it.”
I started screaming for confirmation one way or the other, and as none came, I felt more and more confident the Pistons won, but I wouldn’t believe it until I actually saw it. Now, I was just waiting for the feed to catch up.
I started screaming myself. I saw Big Ben hold up his index finger. No. 1 baby. Eventually, we ran and hugged each other at the top of the stairs and screamed nonsense at each other. The reaction only a couple who have been together for 20 years, and whose bond has been forged by watching the Pistons’ extreme highs and extreme lows could. ...
... In fact, the night I gave my wife an engagement ring, she later told me she was convinced all the hints I had been dropping was about gifting her a Tayshaun Prince jersey for Christmas, but I digress. A story for a different time.
Let’s go to the tape.
I’m going to start with my favorite, which is the quietest of the bunch because Will McDowell (@DetroitWilliam) was being quiet and respectful on the plane. But it’s all in the eyes. You can see the moment a franchise’s future changes in a major way.
Eye Can’t Believe it
Dwane Casey Approves
Here’s a treat for Pistons fans. Dwane Casey, his family and Pistons scouts and front office members celebrating the lottery win. Video was recorded by Dwane’s wife, Brenda pic.twitter.com/883WYx5dVc— Omari Sankofa II (@omarisankofa) June 23, 2021
‘We Got The First Pick!’
DEEETROIT BASKETBALL!!! This for all the fans who has stayed down through the years pic.twitter.com/x13PxT4ZrD— RJ (@RJ_Hunt36) June 23, 2021
The Pillow is My Only Friend in this Moment
The House of Pain
The Cade Cunningham Realization
Nobody Cares But Me in This Full Bar
The ‘Oh My God’
The Escape to the Real World
‘Fear the Fro, Baby!’
I love this team so damn much. It’s been a rough decade and change. Tonight, our luck changed. I am so happy and overjoyed right now. It feels good to be a Detroit Pistons fan tonight. @DetroitPistons pic.twitter.com/HmxOTKOFm3— JAKE VON ERICH (@ThePalaceOfJake) June 23, 2021