Play defense, rebound and share the ball

That’s pretty much the way to win championships, especially in today’s NBA. While the Lakers were not at full strength considering the injuries of Karl Malone and Horace Grant, the Detroit Pistons truly dominated the series from start to finish.

They deserve the credit for playing great defense, hustling after the loose balls and displaying great team play on the offensive end of the court. I would have loved any team that beat L.A., of course, but I think the Pistons are a team that the NBA can be proud of.

They showed that a team without a single dominant superstar could win a championship , and perhaps more importantly the demonstrated that an Eastern Conference team could win in the Finals without a Jordan on the roster.

Way to go, Pistons! Congratulations also to Larry Brown, a fantastic coach who’s finally getting his due.