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In 1991, when a certain atmospherically nicknamed basketball star finally ascended to championship winning greatness, there was an element of the overdue about the accomplishment. That’s because in 1988, 1989, and 1990, the Bad Boys let the air out of the playoffs, so to speak.

Thanks to a physically intense, and psychologically intimidating style that saw them get the better of the era’s marquee names, the Bad Boys era Detroit Pistons remain one of the most underappreciated, dominant teams in the history of the league, despite three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, and back to back championships to show for it.

Thanks to Puma’s renewed focus on basketball, the Bad Boys Pistons are finally on the receiving end of some footwear recognition.

First, an archival Isiah Thomas model has been brought out of the archives, and updated. The aptly titled Palace Guard, named for the Pistons’ home arena, the Palace at Auburn Hills, sees a quintessentially early 90s basketball design, featuring a leather upper, exaggerated tongue and terry cloth ankle collar, add on modern performance elements like Puma’s Trinomic heel, increased padding and a microperforated quarter panel.

Then, Puma’s latest basketball silhouette, the Uproar, outfits the shoe’s mesh/synthetic leather upper, dynamic lacing system and NRGY and IGNITE cushioning in the classic red, white, and blue Pistons colorway.

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