Mar 28, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores greats former players Isiah Thomas (right) and Joe Dumars president of basketball operations (left) during a half-time celebration for the 1989 NBA championship team at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Dumars Deserves Detroit's Respect

News broke today that Joe Dumars is out as Pistons President and General Manager.  According to ESPN a unanamed source close to the Pistons has said that the club will not renew Dumars contract and go in a different direction.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made any announcement on Dumars’ future, says Dumars will remain with the Pistons as an adviser.

No matter what you may think about Dumars now you can’t say that he didn’t try.  Even going into this season Dumars was still in the fight throwing punches.  He signed Josh Smith and traded for Brandon Jennings in an effort to completely retool the team around budding superstar Andre Drummond.

But his plans fell flat and the Pistons playoff expectations quickly faded. Now the Pistons will be left looking for a new General Manager for the first time since 2000.

Dumars will always be remembered for the team he constructed that won the NBA Championship in 2004. But ten years later with the team is struggling to find an identity and any semblance of consistency, some fans may only remember his recent missteps rather than his championship make-up.

But fans should try an forget about the current state of the club and remember Joe Dumars for all the good he has done the Pistons and for the class in which he conducted himself.  He helped put the Pistons on the map by being a part of all three of the franchise’s NBA championships.  He has always represented the team and the city well and for that he deserves a place as one of Detroit’s most revered sports figures.

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