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Joe Dumars’ impact on the Pistons

Adrian Wojnarowski has a nice piece on Joe Dumars on ESPN:

The visionary for this Detroit Pistons championship renaissance stays in the shadows, satisfied with letting everyone else take the bows for a run that has never sufficiently saluted his genius. Joe Dumars runs a franchise upstairs, the way that he played downstairs. So unassuming, so good, sometimes it's easy to mistake his greatness for good fortune.

The Pistons could stand losing Larry Brown, but never Dumars. Once the glue of a Pistons championship glory, always.

"It's incredible what Joe has done in Detroit," Nets president Rod Thorn says. "And he's always going to do it in a low-key manner, never wanting to draw any attention to himself."

When you think about it, there may not be a single more important person in the history of the Pistons' franchise than Joe Dumars. He's had a hand in all three NBA titles this team has won, and he almost helped deliver two more titles in 1988 and 2004.

Isiah Thomas will be honored at halftime tonight by having his name and number unveiled along the baseline, just like the Pistons did for Dave Bing last Friday. I wonder how long it will take for the Pistons to do the same thing for Dumars. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if he forbids it to happen until he leaves the front office, but if the Pistons wait that long, it'll probably be time to just name the whole building after him.

By design, Dumars a quiet success [ESPN]