If you're a Detroit Pistons fan, The Franchise is a must read. And if you're merely a fan of the NBA, I'd still recommend it. The writing style felt just a tiny bit cheesy at times (author constantly refers to GM Jack McClosky as "the man with gunmetal hair") but you get used to those small quirks and the book as a whole seems at least a little bit unfiltered. For instance, you'll read about Rick Mahorn telling a reporter to suck his snake. Or, you'll find out that when Adrian Dantley shook hands with Isiah Thomas at midcourt in his first return to the Palace since being traded to the Mavericks, instead of reconciling, Dantley was actually whispering, "I'll never forgive you for this."
On top of everything else, it's a fun time warp, going back to an era where Buck Williams and Kiki Vandeweghe were hot commodities on the trade market and "Mony Mony" still really got people going at the arena. It's an excellent look back at the NBA and in particular, the Bad Boys.