Joe Dumars is synonymous with Detroit and the Pistons. He has been with the franchise well over half of his life. His 28 years there were split down the middle, 14 as a player and 14 as an executive. He officially stepped down as team president today.
The Pistons have won three championships and Dumars had a hand in bringing all of them to the Motor City. In 1989 and 1990 he and the rest of the Bad Boys won back to back titles. As bad as the Bad Boys were, the label never really stuck to Dumars. He just quietly etched out a Hall of Fame career, scored his points and played his defense (especially on MJ) and went on about his business. In 2004 as team president he constructed a squad that won another one.
He very nearly has five titles. In 1988 Joe D, Isiah Thomas and the rest of the Pistons fell to the Showtime Lakers 108-105 in Game 7, in 2005 San Antonio topped Detroit in another seven game series to deny him another ring.
Having said all of that the NBA, like any other league is a bottom line business. Team president, like head coach, is a performance-based position. At some point everyone must face the question Janet Jackson asked long ago, what have you done for me lately?
The Pistons last title is a decade old now. The team has been scuffling for years. New ownership has come to town. The acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings didn’t materialize the way Dumars and many other Pistons fans had hoped so a change is now in the making. The quiet guy from little McNeese State is on to new things, but Joe D had quite a run in Detroit.