The Dumars Principle: Behind the Curtain of the Mind of the Detroit Pistons

February 20th, 2010 by Brett Dalton Leave a reply »
This is the first of two articles on the past, present, and future of Joe Dumars and his leadership of the Detroit Pistons.

Let me be clear of one thing before we get to far: I truly believe Joe Dumars is one of the best general managers in sports.  Therefore, I undoubtedly have some bias when evaluating his tenure as chief decision maker for the Pistons. 

That being said, I felt it was worth taking an objective look at the moves he has made, both for posterity's sake as well as to help forecast where he may take the team in the future.

Another thing worth mentioning is that things haven't been as unsure for the Pistons franchise since they were purchased by Bill Davidson in the mid-'70s. 

Their pending sale makes it hard to know what kind of control Dumars will have when the dust settles.  However, it is probably safe to assume that the new ownership group will give Dumars a level of basketball autonomy that he has enjoyed in his time in the executive's office.

Also worth noting is the atmosphere that Dumars operates in today.  Detroit already was a hard hit city before the recent economic troubles set in.  Now, it ...

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