Pistons Represent "Spirit of Detroit"

Auburn Hills, Mich - On Sunday, June 6th, as a way to kick off the Detroit Pistons appearance in the 2004 NBA Finals, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and staff members from Meteor Photo and the Pistons, in front of nearly 200 Pistons fans, draped a huge red, white and blue jersey on the Spirit of Detroit statue. The statue, which is over 20-feet tall and symbolizes the City of Detroit, sits in front of the entrance to the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building on the corner of Woodward and Jefferson Avenues.

The jersey, which was designed by Amy Raczkowski at the Palace Creative Group and made by Meteor Photo in Troy, is 14' tall and nearly 12 ' wide and is a Pistons blue road jersey with the number '04 (to honor the 2004 NBA Finals) on the front and back.

The jersey is the exact replica of the uniforms the Pistons will wear during the Finals, complete with championship trophy and NBA logo on the front. The jersey took over 40 man hours to complete and the staff at Meteor Photo worked day and night to finish the project before Game One of the Finals. The jersey will remain on the Spirit until the conclusion of the Finals.

As part of the celebration, the NBA provided a giant blow-up replica of the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy that is awarded to the NBA Champion. The trophy and stand are over 20' tall and will travel throughout the Metro Detroit area during the Finals. Stops will include Tuesday night at The Palace for PalaceVision and Thursday night at The Palace for Game Three of the series. Other stops have yet to be determined, but a schedule is planned to be released before Game Three.