PORTLAND, ORE., JUNE 15 -- There will be no expansion draft this time around. The Detroit Pistons don't have to look over their shoulders from that standpoint. But there again will be changes in the makeup of this team, which won its second straight NBA title Thursday, over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Center Bill Laimbeer -- who has said he thought about retiring before this season and that he doesn't really care for basketball -- might hang it up. Coach Chuck Daly probably will leave to take a job with NBC-TV.

Daly said after the 92-90 clincher in Game 5 that he was going to sit back and enjoy this one before making a decision. Because of the sudden jolt the loss of Rick Mahorn -- who was left unprotected and chosen by the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves -- put on Detroit's victory celebration last season, Daly might hold off any announcement until the parades and parties are done.

There's a lot to celebrate. The Pistons became the third team to win back-to-back titles by holding playoff opponents to 94.8 points per game on 43 percent shooting.

They won without the best effort of defensive wizard Dennis Rodman, who limped on a bad ankle the whole series. They had to comfort guard Joe Dumars, whose father passed away before Game 3. And they took three straight games in Portland against a team that had lost just six times at home all season.

"We were threatened by this team after Game 2," said Laimbeer, who averaged 13.4 rebounds in the series, "and when we're threatened our concentration level goes up to a level that no other team can match."

If the Lakers had the motivation of being the first team in 20 years to repeat, Detroit had a perceived lack of respect with which to stoke its fire. The Pistons had question marks coming into the season: how to replace Mahorn defensively and how to get more scoring in the lineup.

Putting James Edwards at forward gave them a low-post scorer, though he does it primarily on fadeaways. That gave Detroit's one-on-one guards and perimeter shooters the room they needed to shoot.

Though Rodman became a starter, Mark Aguirre provided offense in reserve in games when streak-shooting guard Vinnie Johnson was misfiring. John Salley developed into a top-flight shot blocker. And Detroit's team defense stayed as good as ever.

"The only thing that matters is what the 12 guys in the locker room think collectively," Laimbeer said. "We don't think we can be touched right now. How we are viewed by history is beyond our control."

"We felt the last four or five years that we've been one of the best teams to ever play the game," said guard Isiah Thomas, who averaged 27.6 points in the finals and was unanimously selected the series' most valuable player.

"We haven't got the respect that some of the other teams had," Thomas added. "We knew what we wanted to do and what we wanted to accomplish. Everyone had their doubts about our basketball team and the individuals on this team. We just said, 'We can win. We can win.' It was even more difficult this year than last year because we really couldn't match the hunger of last year. But we're a much smarter team."

The Trail Blazers played like they were delighted to advance this far, but couldn't do what was necessary to win. They lacked experience in winning close games under pressure. Portland lost the four games by a combined 12 points.

Experience "helped them," Portland center Kevin Duckworth said. "Their experience off the bench . . . you have to play your man and play the best you can. Isiah was hitting all his shots. You can't follow a man all around the court like that."

"The Lakers made the Pistons a better team their first year," Portland forward Buck Williams said. "I hope the Pistons will make us a better team next year. . . . At first I thought {being there before} was overrated. Now I know it isn't."

Portland was hurt every time it used mass substitution. Detroit's reserves outplayed the Trail Blazers. Rookie guard Drazen Petrovic was all but invisible this series, unable to get off his shot. Forward Cliff Robinson shot 25 percent (eight of 32).

"I don't know if people realize it or not," Thomas said. "We just know how to win. We understand what we're capable of doing. We exploit the things we can do and stay away from the things we can't."