DEYOUNG: Pistons in dire need of new leadership

Joe Dumars knows all about going from the penthouse to the outhouse. He’s done it twice.
Matt DeYoung
Feb 14, 2014

As a player, Dumars was a key cog in the Piston’s Bad Boys teams that won back-to-back NBA Championships back in 1989 and 1990.

Three years later, the Pistons missed the playoffs, and the in the 1993-94 season, they won just 20 games.

After his playing days, Dumars took over as the Pistons’ President of Basketball Operations — the man in charge of building the Pistons’ roster into a winner. And for a few years, Dumars made all the right moves. He pushed all the right buttons.

He made lemonade out of lemons when he was forced to trade superstar Grant Hill, working out a sign-and-trade to get Ben Wallace, who quickly became the face of the franchise with his tireless work and his trademark afro.

He brought in Chauncey Billups as a free agent.

He sent popular high-scoring guard Jerry Stackhouse to the Washington Wizards in exchange for a young Rip Hamilton.

He drafted dynamic shooter and defensive wiz Tayshaun Prince out of Kentucky.

And when it became clear that the Pistons were missing one last piece to the championship puzzle, he didn’t flinch in bringing in the emotional and controversial yet extremely talented Rasheed Wallace.

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