Joe Dumars to devote time to family, resigns as Detroit Pistons’ GM

dumars-retirementJoe Dumars is stepping down as the Detroit Pistons’ president of basketball operations, a position he’s held since 2000. The Pistons will miss the playoffs this season – 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,” he said.

According to Japan Times, Dumars will remain an adviser to the ownership team.

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 also said that he’s stepping down to spend more time with his family.

“While I have a lot of good memories with these people, I think the time has come for me to leave basketball so that I can focus on taking my family to the next level,” Dumars told reporters at a press conference.

He said that the time had come to “shake up” his household, beginning with retooling his children’s roles and making an upgrade in the wife position.

“Obviously, there are a lot of very talented units out there who are increasingly shedding their older members in favor of younger talent, which means that we need to get some new blood in here if we want to stay competitive. But once that happens, there’s no telling what these guys can do.”

Though Dumars said that he holds fond memories of his time in the Motor City, the 50-year-old was not ruling out giving his newly revamped kin a fresh start in Seattle, a city he claimed was about due for a winning family.


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