YPSILANTI, Mich. — The Detroit Pistons returned in triumph Wednesday as about 2,000 broom-toting, screaming fans helped them celebrate their first National Basketball Assn. championship.
Standing in a humid drizzle, the crowd chanted, "Bad Boys! Bad Boys!'--the team's adopted nickname--as the private jet touched down at Willow Run Airport. Not even jet engines could drown out the chants as the jet, Round Ball One, rolled to a stop.
Players walked along the cordoned-off crowd, grasping hands, high-fiving and exchanging greetings. But they had to scramble back to the plane when the crowd broke through the cordon and swarmed toward the jet.
The aircraft's engines were restarted and the jet taxied several hundred feet away so the Pistons could get on a waiting bus.