The Detroit Pistons is a Detroit metropolitan based NBA team. The Palace of Auburn Hills is the team's home arena.
The franchise was founded as a National Basketball League (NBL) team, playing in the gym of North Side High School and was named Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons. Owner Fred Zollner's Zollner Corporation was involved in, manufacturing pistons primary for car, truck and locomotive engines. In the year 1948, the team came up as the Fort Wayne Pistons, competing in the Basketball Association of America (BAA). In the year 1949, Fred Zollner brokered the formation of the National Basketball Association from the BAA and the NBL at his kitchen table. Since that time onwards, the Fort Wayne Pistons competed in the NBA. The team was Led by star forward George Yardley, the Fort Wayne Pistons were a very admired franchise and appeared in the NBA Finals in the year 1955 and 1956, unfortunately losing both times.
Detroit Pistons players have been conspired with gamblers to shave points and throw various games during the year 1953�54 and 1954�55 seasons. In fact, they are believed to have thrown the NBA Finals of 1955 to the Syracuse Nationals. Though the Pistons enjoyed an extremely solid local following, their city's small size made it difficult for them to be profitable enough. In the year 1957, Zollner moved the team to Detroit, a much larger city which had not seen professional basketball in almost a decade.