Pistons names new G League subsidiary “Motor City Cruise”
The Detroit Pistons today announced the name and logo of their new G League team, the Motor City Cruise.
The team will play its first season between 2021 and 2022 in a new field house on the Wayne State University campus.
Grand Rapids Drive is the Pistons’ current G League member and will continue through 2020-2021, assuming there is a G League season.
The Pistons wanted their G League team to be closer to the NBA team, and the Drive wasn’t interested in moving to Detroit.
As a result, the Pistons bought the Phoenix Suns’ G League subsidiary, the Northern Arizona Suns moving to downtown Detroit and ultimately becoming the Motor City Cruise.
“The nickname of the new NBA G League club pays homage to automotive history and the love of the open road in the region. The new brand also includes tailpipes, symbolic of classic muscle cars and a nod to the Pistons brand from the early 2000s, ” According to a press release from the team.
The new team name was selected as part of a fan competition with 10 submissions.
“After considering many clever submissions, we are excited to announce Motor City Cruise as the next professional sports franchise for the city of Detroit,” said team owner Tom Gores in a statement. “We wanted piston fans to support us with the naming and to get in touch with our new brand right from the start. Our new G League team will create an affordable entertainment option in Detroit and will also play an important role in our player development goals. “
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