It has been a solid run for Detroit Pistons‘ Joe Dumars as the team’s president of basketball operations, but that run is coming to an end. Winning an NBA title in 2004, the first since 1990, Dumars was on top of the world and he was even named 2003 NBA Executive of the Year. Now, reports have surfaced that he’s expected to resign following the 2013-14 regular season and before June 1.
This has to be the right move for both him and the Pistons’ franchise. While Dumars brought in some great free agents during his time as president of basketball operations, his recent struggles to find any sense of a winning formula cannot be overlooked.
The NBA is a “what have you done for me lately?” type of sport. Coaches get fired all the time for not getting the job done for consistent years. George Karl is the perfect example of a guy who is one of the best coaches in the sport, but didn’t win a title so he got fired.
Dumars should be remember for his 2004 title as well as bringing in guys like Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, Richard Hamilton, Antonio McDyess, Rick Carlisle, Larry Brown and Flip Saunders.
He turned the franchise into a powerhouse for nearly a decade and, when he traded Chauncey away in 2008, things went awry. Fans began to turn on Dumars for the trade that sent a fan favorite elsewhere, eventually tearing apart the rest of the team with the addition of Allen Iverson and ending the strong run of Eastern Conference Finals appearances.
Detroit desperately needed to move on from Dumars as he had not found the right coach since firing Saunders, shuffling through four coaches in that time frame — Michael Curry was the only one to sniff the playoffs and he was fired.
Dumars was great for Detroit, but it’s time to move on.
Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.