When rumors surfaced about a week and a half ago that the Pistons had a new logo for next season, the team denied, in no uncertain terms, that was the case.

This week, the Pistons unveiled a new logo.

But let’s not fixate on the denial. This often happens when a scoop gets out that a team — or any public organization for that matter — wishes didn’t.

What’s important here is the logo itself, which is a nod to the Bad Boys era of the 1980s and early 1990s, when the Pistons were loaded with stars like Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, Vinnie Johnson, John Salley, and of course, coach Chuck Daly.  The core group won back-to-back NBA titles, in 1989 and 1990.

Mahorn was at the logo unveiling.

The new logo coincides with the team’s move to the brand new Little Caesars Arena, and the Pistons also showed off how it will look on their new court.

“We’ve been working on this for six months and it’s a product of work we did in-house with our creative team in conjunction with Nike and the NBA,” said team executive Charlie Metzger (via the Detroit News). “It’s been a long time coming, but we’re excited about the logo itself and the move downtown and everything that’s happening with our organization. It’s a new chapter.”

If you were watching the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday night, you got a look at the new logo.

“It’s a little bit of our new and a little bit of our city’s old,” said Pistons center Andre Drummond, who was at the logo unveiling, per the Detroit Free Press. “It’s got a little bit of new school with an old school feel to it. It’s a dope logo and I’m really excited to see how it looks on the floor and on our jerseys, too.”

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Metzger suggested that with the NBA’s new partnership with Nike, more new looks could be forthcoming.

The Pistons have made the playoffs once in the last eight years, so while the logo may be similar, the team has a long way to go to replicate the Bad Boys’ success.