For a Pistons team that spent almost three decades playing at the Palace of Auburn Hills and before that at the suburban Pontiac Silverdome and got used to playing in front of lighter crowds the past few years, the jolt and energy in the sparkling building were unmistakable — both in the way the team played and in the way the events of the night unfolded. “It was hype, man,” Pistons swingman Tobias Harris said of the atmosphere, led by Eminem’s opening remarks. “It was crazy. I ain’t going to say I thought I was at 8 mile, but I kind of thought I was at 8 mile.”
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“I thought just having Eminem up there was great as a Detroit guy,” Van Gundy said. “But I thought it was great of Tom, and if Adam Silver was involved, to think about that. I think without making any statement they were able to make a statement by involving Eminem in it. I thought that was great. I thought the whole thing, in terms of what happened before the game, was extremely well thought-out, well done, and I enjoyed it — not as much as I enjoyed the win, but I enjoyed it.”
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