For the first time in nearly three decades, Joe Dumars won’t play a major role in shaping the future of the Detroit Pistons.
Dumars stepped down as Detroit’s president of basketball operations Monday, a day after the Pistons lost their home finale and fell to 29-52 with one game remaining in the season. Detroit will miss the postseason for a fifth consecutive year.
“It’s time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one,” Dumars said in a statement. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people throughout the last 29 years as both a player and executive, and I’m proud of our accomplishments. Tom Gores and ownership is committed to winning and they will continue to move the franchise forward.”
Gores took over as owner in 2011, with the team clearly in a rebuilding mode, but expectations were higher this season after the Pistons signed Josh Smith and traded for Brandon Jennings. The new-look roster flopped, and now somebody else will be in charge of the next effort to bring Detroit back to the postseason. Associated Press
Two years ago, Bleacher Report compiled a top ten list of Joe Dumars’ worst moves as Pistons’ president. Keep in mind, this is before the 2013 offseason when Dumars experimented with this equation:
Josh Smith + Brandon Jennings = win
That inevitably led to lots of these from Pistons’ fans.
Honestly, I normally forget about the Darko Milicic thing because the Detroit Pistons won the title the same year, but imagine if Dumars had just taken Carmelo Anthony that year: The Pistons likely do not make these desperate moves, LeBron James and Anthony would have been in the same division, and many other crazy things would have changed had it not been for that one egregious decision.
I’m done beating a dead horse. Just really surprised it took this long for him to be let go. – AL