Detroit bids farewell to our Mr. D

rip shoes mr. d

The much beloved owner of the Detroit Pistons & Detroit Shock passed away on March 13th at age 86 and will definitely be missed by many. Rip used his shoes to pay tribute to the man everyone seemed to love. Bill Davidson, the chairman and owner of Guardian Industries bought the team in 1974 and took a real interest in making his teams great by building them a Palace of their own (financed solely by him) and was the first team owner to buy his team their own plane. His teams returned the favor with championship wins in years ’89, ’90, ’04 for the Pistons, ’03, ’06, ’08 for the Shock and his Tampa Bay Lightning won a Stanley cup the same year the Pistons won the championship making him the only owner to have had those two wins in the same year – 2004. He was a billionaire philanthropist who cared about many and gave millions to others in need. Rest in peace Mr. D.