Detroit Pistons Pay Homage To NBA Sneaker Culture With Schedule Reveal

Today, the Pistons released the first half of the club’s 2020-21 regular-season schedule. The team’s schedule was revealed through a minute-long video paying homage to the NBA’s sneaker culture by displaying each matchup through the lens of renowned sneakers worn during past matchups.


Examples of 2020-21 Pistons game and the corresponding sneaker matchup include:

(Detroit Pistons vs. Golden State Warriors, December 29)

  • Dennis Rodman / Reebok vs. Larry Bird / Converse
    (Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics, January 1 and January 3))
  • Blake Griffin / Jordan vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo / Nike
    (Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks, January 4 and January 6)
  • Bill Laimbeer/ Converse vs. Karl Malone / Apex

(Detroit Pistons at Utah Jazz, January 10 and February 2)

  • Chauncey Billups / Adidas vs. Dwyane Wade / Li Ning

(Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat, January 16 and January 18)

  • Ben Wallace / AND1 vs. Shaquille O’ Neal / Reebok

(Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic, February 21 and February 23)

(Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors, March 2)

Additionally, the Pistons are working with Detroit-based artist Eric “El Cappy” Lowry to design a custom pair of 313-themed sneaker that will be given away to one lucky fan.

The Detroit Pistons will begin the 2020-21 campaign at Minnesota on Wednesday, December 23 (8:00 p.m. EST), followed by a return to Little Caesars Arena for their home opener on Saturday, December 26 (7:00 p.m. EST) against Cleveland.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.