|The Temptations perform as fans arrive to the Palace of Auburn Hills (Allen Einstein/NBAE/Getty Images)|
|Mike Posner performs the National Anthem. Mittens Up! (Allen Einstein/NBAE/Getty Images)|
During a television timeout, the jumbotron showed Ndamukong Suh flexing his Pistons jersey in the upper balcony. After the 1st quarter, the Pistons revealed the new banner to honor their previous owner of 37 years, the late Bill Davidson. At halftime, "headliner" Taio Cruz, performed his multiple international pop hits with a dance team and the high-flying Flight Crew performing in the background. After the third quarter, Kid Rock came out to center court and honored returning service men and women back from their tours of duty.
|Kid Rock shows his support for the troops opening night|
Intermixed between the "show" was a basketball game that featured two teams predicted to be at the bottom of the league standings. The Pistons lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers by 16 points, 105-89.
Can the experience of being at the game make up for a lackluster game? Can the experience of the product out-perform the actual product itself? Could Starbucks sell this much coffee with their trademarked "third place" environment but by selling dirt-water coffee? My late Grandpa used to say, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but that doesn't make it pretty."
The Pistons organization are doing everything in their power, and the players and coaches are working hard to improve day in and day out. I just hope that is good enough. I hope the experience of going to a game, the sites, sounds, smells, and energy can hold fans over through this rebuilding process. I've grown up supporting my hometown team, and I don't plan on stopping. I hope others can bare with it and do the same.