Pistons' John Mengelt Hits the Deck, Young Mike Abdenour Arrives on the Scene (1976)

Apr 30, 1976
2 minutes

April 30, 1976 - After sneaking into the postseason with a 36-46 record, the Detroit Pistons took down the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round and nearly pushed the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors to the brink in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Late in Game 6, with their season on the line, Pistons guard John "Crash" Mengelt canned a jumper then drew a foul in the paint on back-to-back plays. Mengelt's visible pain following his tumble sprung young Pistons trainer Mike Abdenour into action (red pants, blue shirt, sideburn, mustache, glasses). Abdenour went on to spend 35 years as the team's trainer, with a three-year stay in Philadelphia (1992-1995) wedged in-between. As of 2018, Abdenour remains on staff in Detroit, serving as Director of Team Operations, now in his 42nd year in the NBA. Back to Game 6, two clutch blocks from Bob Lanier helped forced overtime before the Warriors ultimately brought the Pistons' season to an unceremonious close. Lanier's game-saving blocks can be seen here:

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