Star Wars Night Will Be Amazing for Few Detroit Pistons Fans Who Actually Go

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 4, 2013

Photo Credit: The Basketball Jones
Photo Credit: The Basketball Jones

If the Detroit Pistons hold a Star Wars night and no one is there to see it, does it actually occur? We are about to find out as the embattled team is reaching out to the nerds in the audience on Friday. 

The Basketball Jones reports Friday night's Pistons home game will also be "Star Wars Night" for all of those in attendance. 

As Trey Kerby reports, any idea that will get butts into the seats is a good one right now for the Pistons, who are currently 12-22. They are not only last in home attendance, they are last by 15 percent compared to what other arenas sell.

Alas, there is always Star Wars. Here is the press release from

“Star Wars Night” is back at The Palace of Auburn Hills this Friday, Jan. 4 when the Detroit Pistons play the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m.!

Billy Dee Williams – or Lando Calrissian to fans of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi – will sign autographs during “Pistons Power Hour” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Palace North Pavilion as part of “Friday Night Out,” presented by Buffalo Wild Wings.

Lando will be joined by Chewbacca, R2-D2, Boba Fett, Jedi Knights and – from the dark side, Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers – throughout the evening. The Pistons’ Star Wars-themed halftime show will also feature Star Wars video footage courtesy of Lucasfilm and a performance from our Pistons Entertainment teams.

Star Wars-themed food and cocktails, like the Darth Burger and the Yodatini (Hint: It’s green!), will be available for purchase in the North Pavilion throughout the game.

"Hello, what do we have here?"

If there is anything I appreciate more than Star Wars, it's the many wacky characters that get dressed up for Cons. 

This event promises to have basketball nerds and sci-fi geeks coming together to honor the amazing Star Wars franchise while watching some horrible basketball. 

If you are going to watch the Pistons' bumbling mess on the court, you might as well take a seat and appreciate the B-List actor who we still treasure today. 

While Lando Calrissian went from Han Solo's BFF to traitor and back to rebel alliance...whoa, I just spiraled out of control there. 

If you don't come for Billy Dee, at least come for the Darth Burger. It may not sound appetizing but certainly sounds expensive. 

May the force be with you, Pistons fans, because you are going to need it. 


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