Detroit Pistons icon Joe Dumars talks new NBA role, playing career

Pistons legend and former team president Joe Dumars is embarking on a new journey in the NBA as the league’s newest executive vice president and head of basketball operations.

In a recent interview with Andscape, ESPN senior NBA writer Marc Spears talked to Dumars about his latest role with the NBA, his Hall of Fame playing career and how former Pistons owner Bill Davidson convinced him to join the franchise’s front office.

Before his recent appointment, Dumars served as the chief strategy officer with the Sacramento Kings for the past three seasons. His new job responsibilities include the oversight of all basketball operations matters for the NBA, including the development of playing rules and interpretations, conduct and discipline, and policies and procedures relating to the operation of games.

When Dumars was asked why he was interested in the NBA executive vice president job, he said he thought about the role over a three- or four-month period, mainly centering on the impact that he could have on the game, before he informed NBA commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum of his decision.

“The further along I went, the clearer it became to me this is an excellent, excellent, perfect scenario for me,” Dumars said.

Dumars, 59, played 14 seasons in the NBA — all with the Pistons — and captured two championships alongside Isiah Thomas in 1989 and 1990. He was named MVP of the 1989 Finals.

Dumars earned six All-Star selections during his career. He also received the inaugural NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1996, an award that now bears his name.

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