Joe Dumars will be inducted into the Hall of Fame today, and it's a good time for me to point you in the direction of an outstanding series that's been running this past week in the Detroit Free Press. Following a series of interviews, Krista Jahnke has constructed a first-person account by Dumars that tells the story from his childhood in Louisiana all the way to retiring as one of the game's all-time greats.
If you haven't been following along, it's probably about time you started. You can find the first six parts of the series at freep.com/joedumars, or you can just click below:
- PART ONE: Great ending, unlikley beginning
- PART TWO: Playing defense leads to success
- PART THREE: Dumars couldn't believe playing with idol Isiah
- PART FOUR: Agony of '88 Finals leads to Joe D's acclaim in '89
- PART FIVE: A great victory, then a tragic loss
- PART SIX: Lessons learned as era ends with losses
The seventh and final article of the series will be in Saturday's Free Press. Kudos to Krista for doing such a fine job putting this together -- it's definitely been one of the highlights of the entire offseason.