The sum of a championship team is greater than its parts. Never was that more true than with the Detroit Pistons of 2004. What they had was a team ethic, a belief in themselves, and a coach who insisted basketball should be played, in his words, "the right way". They became known as the 'Goin to Work Pistons', which suited blue-collar Detroit just fine.
Sources include "Men at Work", a compilation of articles by the Detroit Free Press; "The Chosen Game: a Jewish Basketball History", by Charley Rosen; and "Where You Gonna Be Next Year Larry?", by Gary Smith, Sports Illustrated, 1984.