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The Franchise: Building a Winner with the World Champion Detroit Pistons, Basketball's Bad Boys

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In January of 1989, Cameron Stauth became a fly on the office wall of Pistons general manager Jack McCloskey. He watched day by day, crisis by crisis, as McCloskey, coach Chuck Daly, and a handful of immensely talented and ambitious basketball players--the Bad Boys of Detroit--won the NBA championship. Illustrated.
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published May 1st 1990 by William Morrow & Company (first published April 1990)
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Tom Gase
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the better basketball books I've ever read. Really took me back to the late 80's when this Detroit Pistons team was very good, and controvesial. A lot of people will say this "Bad Boys" team didn't play the most exciting style of basketball with their bruising ways, but it did work. This book tells the inside story of the 1988/89 season in which the Pistons won the first of their two NBA titles, this one coming against the Lakers. A lot of good stuff on Isiah Thomas, Rick Mahorn (who come ...more
Jchung7
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books. Jack McClosky and Isiah Thomas's obsession in winning a championship is fascinating and often times even frightening. What a team.
Judd Vance
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first basketball book I ever read. Since then, I have read hundreds. And this one may be the very best of all of them.

The author was allowed inside the brain trust of the Detroit Pistons for an entire 1988-89 season, which happens to be the season they won the first of their back-to-back titles and also their first season in the Palace. You see how the team chemistry is blended, how the trades are pulled, how the GMs think, how the college talent is evaluated. You learn how franchise
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Oliver Bateman
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
There's some great material in The Franchise about how "Trader" Jack McCloskey constructed the powerhouse, no-stars Detroit Pistons teams of the late 80s--material that's no less relevant in an era of bloated salaries and ridiculous salary cap strictures that makes every NBA contract a potential albatross to be removed at the first opportunity. However, there's also a bunch of "year in the life" game summaries in here, and after reading so many of these goddamn John Feinstein-esque things, I sim ...more
Brent Darling
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An inside look at the 1989 Detroit Pistons. One of the better sports books I've read.
Adam J.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The early 1990s version of Halberstam's seminal "Breaks of the Game," this book follows around the Bad Boy Pistons from the GM's perspective. Really good behind-the-scenes insight.
Tony Romine
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great book about one of the best NBA teams to take the court. Very highly recommended.
Trevor
Sep 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: did you watch the NBA in the 80s? go for it
i learned that the author thinks that basketball players have large gluteal muscles, among other astounding facts. this is a really good chronicle without any mitch albominations.
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