Then and Now - The Late 80’s

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It was just 16 years ago that the Pistons and Lakers met in the NBA Finals for the first time. Pistons.com will show you 20 reasons why what goes around comes around in “Then and Now - The Late 80’s.”

Joe Dumars helped his team battle to play the Lakers in the NBA Finals in 1987 & 1988. He did it again, but this time from a leather chair.
George Bush became President of the United States (1988). George Bush is President again. Just add a "W."
Pat Riley gets 4th NBA Championship ring with Lakers (1988). Phil Jackson will try for 4th with Lakers (10th overall).
Big hair was "in". It's back. Fear the Fro.
Batman takes the box office by storm (1989). A new superhero returns to the big screen (2002 & 2004).
Karl Malone enters 3rd NBA season in search of NBA Title (1987). Still searching.
Mesh-back hats were "in." Mesh back hats are back. Lookout truckers.
Oprah Winfrey is the hottest talk show in America. Oprah Winfrey is still hot. Now she is one of the wealthiest people in America.
Dirty Dancing hits the big screen (1987). Dirty Dancing comes back in Havana (2004).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are overnight sensation (1989). Cowabunga! The Turtles come out of retirement.
Nintendo becomes the latest video game craze. Nintendo is still a favorite among gamers. Now it's just shaped as a cube.
Platinum Blond is "in." Bleach blond is "in."
The Simpsons are born (1987). Simpsons stars settle pay dispute and continue producing the current longest running animation sitcom on TV (16 seasons).
Pistons finish season with 54 wins and 28 losses (1987-88). Pistons finish season with 54 wins and 28 losses (2003-04).
The Olsen Twins debut on Full House (1987) and quickly become America's most-loved twins. One “New York Minute” later, they are America’s most popular teen twins.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ends his Hall of Fame NBA career with the Lakers. There is a new Kareem in town.
Sonny Bono becomes mayor of Palm Springs (1988). Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes Governor of California (2003).
The Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball. Orel Hershiser wins the Cy Young Award (1988). The Dodgers are hot again. Eric Gagne wins the Cy Young Award (2003).
Paula Abdul goes from Laker-Girl to fan-favorite pop star with hit “Straight up now tell me." Abdul becomes most loved judge on Fox hit show American Idol.
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Vinnie Johnson's shot for Pistons is most memorable in the 1989-1990 playoffs.
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Derek Fisher's shot for the Lakers is most memorable in the 2003-04 playoffs.
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