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The franchise's fortunes finally began to turn in 1981, when they drafted point guard Isiah Thomas out of Indiana University to wear the Detroit Pistons Jersey. In early 1982, they acquired center Bill Laimbeer in a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers and guard Vinnie Johnson from the Seattle SuperSonics. The three, along with later acquisitions Joe Dumars (a 1985 Draft pick), Rick Mahorn, and Dennis Rodman, formed the core of a team that would make the Detroit Pistons Jersey rise to the top of the league.

Initially the Detroit Pistons had a tough time moving up the NBA ladder. During the 1984 season, the roof of the Silverdome collapsed during a snowstorm. Because of this, the Pistons played their home games at Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit. In 1984, the Detroit Pistons lost a tough five-game series to the underdog New York Knicks, three games to two. In the 1985 semi-finals, Detroit would contest the defending champion Celtics to a six game series. Though Boston would prevail, Detroit's surprise performance promised that a rivalry had begun.

Motivated by their loss to the Celtics, the 1988 Pistons fine-tuned their "bad boy" style and avenged their two previous playoff losses to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, defeating them in 6 games and advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since the franchise moved to Detroit.

The Pistons' first trip to the Finals saw them face the Los Angeles Lakers, who were led by Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After taking a 3-2 series lead back to Los Angeles, Detroit appeared poised to win their first NBA title in Game 6. In that game, Isiah Thomas scored an NBA Finals record 25 points in the third quarter while playing on a severely sprained ankle. However, the Pistons lost the game, 103-102, after a controversial foul was called on Bill Laimbeer. This is often referred to as the "Phantom Foul" by both Piston fans and former players, including Laimbeer himself. Replays later showed Laimbeer actually did not commit the foul on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. With Isiah Thomas unable to go at full strength, the Pistons fell in Game 7, 108-105.

Prior to the 1988-89 season, the Pistons moved into the lavish Palace of Auburn Hills. The 1989 Pistons won a then franchise-record 63 games, and steamrolled through the playoffs and into a NBA Finals rematch with the Lakers. This time the Pistons came out victorious in a four-game sweep to win their first NBA championship. Joe Dumars was named NBA Finals MVP. Today the Detroit Pistons Jersey throwbacks is one of the leagues best selling because of the accomplishments in the 80's.

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