Say It Is So, Joe, Time to Move on Down the Road
After 14 seasons, Joe Dumars is gone as the Detroit Pistons' president of basketball operations.
This should have happened last year.
Listen, we all love Dumars, but his tenure should have been halted already. Joe D. was a wonderful player earning Hall of Fame honors in the NBA, but his time has come to be put out to the curb. Yeah, that might be a little harsh, but that's how it is.
Dumars won one NBA title as an executive, and almost a second. But after the Larry Brown era, this franchise has stunk. Joe D. could have drafted Melo, D-Wade, or Bosh, but took Darko the "stiff". Then other bad drafts, bad signings, stinking trades, many awful coaching hires--the list is a mile long.
Listen, I really respect Joe D. as a basketball person, but his meter ran out of change. What has bothered me is he has not really addressed any bad situations effectively. Then a wealthy businessman-movie producer that has strong roots to Michigan buys the Pistons--Tom Gores, who has no knowledge of pro sports. He lets DuMars keep running this franchise into the ground.
Gores sort of reminds me of Jethro Bodine from the Beverly Hillbillies.
Joe DuMars put in his time. He's a good guy and I hope he has a good life. But the Pistons are on life support.