DETROIT – Few people are more worthy than Jerry Stackhouse to have an opinion on the Detroit Pistons bringing back the polarizing teal jerseys, so we asked him to share his honest thoughts.
You can watch the full interview with Stackhouse in the video at the bottom of this page.
On Monday, the Pistons announced they were bringing back the teal jerseys as a substitute this season.
The Pistons wore teal from 1996-2001 and went 54-28 the first year. Overall, they had three winning seasons in that five-year span, but lost in the first round all three times.
Still, many fans called out for the franchise to bring back this unique look. The Pistons officially did so on Monday, touting the teal jerseys as a “classic” that will be used 10 times in the upcoming season.
“I think that’s cool, man,” Stackhouse said Tuesday. “It just obviously means a lot to me since I was here. I had a few successful years individually, a few All-Star years there. There’s a lot of similarities in the timing of what we’re trying to build there and what they’re building now, so it’s good to have these young guys in there.
The Pistons’ announcement showed this year’s No. 5 draft pick, Jaden Ivey, sporting the teal uniform. At just 20, he joins a young core of Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey, Jalen Duren (the No. 13 pick overall), Isaiah Livers and Isaiah Stewart.
As the current basketball head coach at Vanderbilt, Stackhouse said he understands the growing popularity of alternative uniform options.
“I deal with 18-20 year olds anyway, so they like colors, greens, pinks, so I think teal will go really well with them,” Stackhouse said.
Although he likes teal, Stackhouse wouldn’t choose it over Detroit’s other uniform options.
“The craziest thing about it, man, I liked the brown one,” Stackhouse said. “It was the teal alternative. It was one of my favorites. I had I think ESPN coverage in that uniform, and I actually had the 57 (points) in that uniform. But I think between those two, I always think of red, white and blue. He really symbolized the Pistons. He really symbolized Detroit. But teal is definitely a fun alternative.
How the Teal era laid the groundwork for the 2004 title
Stackhouse first arrived at the Pistons in the 1997-98 season, and he said he associated the teal uniforms with that time.
“I was just excited to come to Detroit,” Stackhouse said. “Mid to late 90s, and I got to sit in the locker room with Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, Grant Long. I learned a lot from those guys, how to be a professional, how to handle his I think those same things that I learned from them, I was able to share with other young guys who went through it.
Even though the Pistons didn’t win a title before Stackhouse was traded to the Washington Wizards as part of the Richard Hamilton deal on Sept. 11, 2002, he felt his teams helped lay the groundwork for the team that cut the nets two years later. .
“I got to be in the locker room with guys like Michael Curry, Grant Hill, Terry Mills, Lindsay Hunter,” he said. “These guys took the same things that we learned from those guys and shared them with this next group, and they were finally able to win the championship in 2004. So to me, that represents kind of a bridge between the Bad Boys and the team championship of 2004.
“We weren’t lucky enough to win. We kind of went through the Michael Jordan era, so a lot of us were a bit short in the championship race, but I think we laid some foundational pillars that ultimately helped culminate in the championship 2004, so we feel good about that, I feel good about what teal meant to us, and I’m glad the fans gave enough thought to what we did and how we approached things to see him back for at least 10 games this year.
This year’s Detroit Pistons
Asked about the Pistons this year, Stackhouse said he sees talent.
“I think that’s what you need to have to win in this league,” Stackhouse said. “You can have all the big projects you want, but you have to have talent, and I think (general manager) Troy (Weaver) does a great job of bringing in talented pieces and trying to see how they play out. integrate. together.”
Stackhouse was a huge fan of the Ivey selection at No. 5 and the decision to No. 13 overall to select 18-year-old Duren.
“I love Jaden Ivey,” Stackhouse said. “I love his first step. Cade reminds me a lot of Grant – being able to make plays, that kind of size, can facilitate, can score on his own. Jalen Duren, just saw him in Memphis, being in the state of Tennessee, just his advantage and what he is capable of doing on the field.
Fans are excited to see how the young core fits in when the season kicks off in the fall. But if the Pistons want to be a surprise team in the Eastern Conference, Stackhouse said they’ll need help from a new group of veterans.
“With the talent that’s already there, anytime you think about winning you have to have veterans, so I liked some of the moves they made, bringing in Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks and guys who come from certain winning organizations to help these young people, and even the older guys – (Kelly) Olynyk and Corey Joseph,” Stackhouse said. “These guys have been in Miami, in San Antonio, have been in the winning culture, and you just don’t arrive. So they have to show these young people how to do it.
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