Originally posted on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 5/22/14
 (mrzh, Flicker) Joe Dumars left the Detroit Pistons without a first round pick, without a path forward and with a largely talent-less rosters. Despite being an all-time Pistons great, his work as a GM has irreparably harmed the franchise and he no longer deserves a retired number. Obviously the Pistons will never take his banner from the rafters of the Palace, but the fact he is up there at all is a slap in the face of those still remaining in the Pistons organization. Dumars won a title took the team to multiple Eastern Conference Finals and then just destroyed it. The once jam packed Palace of Auburn Hills now sits empty most nights and when there are fans there, they are usually cheering for the other team. Now after the latest draft disaster with the Pistons losing their first-round pick in a year they could really use it, the Pistons don’t just have a history of him destroying the roster and franchise value, they have a foreseeable future where Dumars is still destroying it. Do not get me wrong, as a player, Joe Dumars was a fantastic piece to the Bad Boys era, an NBA Champion, one that had multiple finals appearances and was a piece to a puzzle that filled the Silverdome with fans. Dumars will always have his place in Detroit basketball because of his history as a player. Even as a GM he certainly had his bright spots, at what point do the blemishes out-weigh the beauty marks though? For every deal for Rasheed Wallace there is the Allen Iverson deal. For every pick of Tayshaun Prince and Andre Drummond there are the Darko Milicic and Rodney Stuckey picks. For ever coach signing of Larry Brown there is the signing and firing of Mo Cheeks. Dumars has a track record of making boneheaded moves and moves that have no foresight what so ever. In his time as Pistons GM, Dumars loved the term “kick the can down the road.” It was a neat idea, sacrifice all of the future for today. The worst part is it worked for a while, that is until the Pistons got to the future. When the future clearly never existed Dumars got kicked down the road and was finally – finally – removed as the leader of this franchise. Now, after moving out a solid player in Brandon Knight and passing on top players for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the Pistons have a lot of square pegs that do not fit in the round hole. Detroit finally got to the can and now they cannot kick it anymore. I hope Stan Van Gundy understands what he signed up for because it does not exactly look like a party. In fact, usually a new GM’s first major function is to have a party, the draft party. Van Gundy won’t even get one of those. Dumars took his first round pick and now took away his party too. Perhaps the most depressing thing Dumars did was allow teams like the Washington Wizards to pass them in franchise strength. The Wizards, one of the sorriest franchises in the NBA, are better set for the future than the Pistons because, despite being one of the worst GM’s in basketball, Ernie Grunfeld had a plan and it worked. Dumars had no plan, the Pistons have no plan and now he has no storied history. At this point no one will be able to attend the Palace and think “man Joe Dumars I loved that guy” when they look at his retired up there. Instead all they will think if they attend, because I would not spend my money to see this disaster on hardwood, is “Joe Dumars screwed us and now he isn’t even here.” It is a shame really, he had a chance to be one of the few legends in Detroit both as a player and an executive, now he is just legendary… a legendary black mark that can never be erased from the Pistons’ history. Dumars’ retired number is the physical reminder of that black spot, always there to remind the franchise of its past years of utter-failure.
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