Pistons use silver screens to get freeWas that really the...

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May 11, 1991

Pistons use silver screens to get free

Was that really the Detroit Pistons playing the Boston Celtics? Or was it just a cast of impostors -- including a fictional mass murderer, two all-time great home-run hitters and Batman's sexy girlfriend?

You couldn't have told by checking the hotel register where the two-time defending National Basketball Association champions stayed in Boston.

Among the aliases the Pistons used to ward off overzealous fans or possible security problems were former New York Yankees sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, and Kim Basinger, the slinky actress who played Vicki Vale in the movie "Batman."

Center James Edwards signed in as Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lechter, the psychotic killer portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in the movie "Silence of the Lambs."

The quote

Former baseball player Jim Bouton on lessons to be learned from Lenny Dykstra's automobile crash Monday: "The first lesson of this is, don't drive with Lenny Dykstra. The other lesson is, athletes aren't role models, and nobody should expect that they should be. . . . Most athletes are just 15-year-olds in 25-year-old bodies."

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