NBA's Detroit Pistons Play Tape of Aretha Franklin Singing National Anthem: Watch

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Aretha Franklin sings the National Anthem prior to the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons in Game five of the 2004 NBA Finals on June 15, 2004 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. 

The Detroit Pistons honored Aretha Franklin before their season opener Wednesday night by playing a recording of her singing the national anthem.   

Former Pistons star Isiah Thomas spoke briefly, asking for a moment of silence for Franklin, who died in August. After the moment of silence, and with no additional announcement, a recording of Franklin singing the anthem at the 2004 NBA Finals began playing while pictures scrolled on the scoreboard screen.   

A microphone was left unattended at midcourt while the anthem played.