Hall of Famer Joe Dumars back in basketball world


joe-dumars3The Basketball Hall of Famer Joe Dumars has joined Independent Sports and Entertainment to run its basketball division, AP reported.

“I look forward to beginning this new chapter in my career with ISE,” Dumars said. “It has always been an honor and immense pleasure to work closely with players to help guide them in all stages of their careers and this position will allow me to step into this role in a longer term and much more impactful and meaningful way.”

Dumars was hired to run the basketball division’s business, not to be an agent.

“He’s experienced on both sides of the negotiating table,” ISE President and CEO Hank Ratner said, “has served as a role model and mentor for players at all levels and understands the preparation and dedication required to excel as a player and then make a successful post-career transition. A decorated NBA player and front office executive with relationships across the globe and an impeccable reputation as a leader and man of great integrity, we are proud to have Joe join ISE.”

The New York-based agency has more than 300 clients in the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball.

Drafted by the Pistons in 1985, Dumars spent his entire 14-year playing career with the franchise, winning NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. Dumars was also voted the 1989 Finals MVP, averaging 27.3 points per game as the Pistons swept the Los Angeles Lakers in four games.

During his career, Dumars was selected to the All-Star team six times, and to the All-Defensive first team four times.

In 14 seasons, all with the Pistons, Dumars scored 16,401 points, handed out 4,612 assists, grabbed 2,203 rebounds and recorded 902 steals.

Dumars, who played in 1018 career NBA games, starting in 944 of them, holds career averages of 16.1 ppg, 4.1 apg.

Dumars won consecutive NBA titles as a shooting guard and defensive stopper for the Detroit Pistons in 1989, when he was voted NBA Finals MVP, and 1990. He was known as a good guy on a team known as the Bad Boys, leading to the league annually awarding the Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

The Pistons, though, did not renew Dumars’ contract following the 2013-14 season. He has traveled the world since then, evaluating career options in and out of basketball.

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