Dumars resigns as Pistons president

Dumars resigns as Pistons president

<p>Joe Dumars has resigned as the president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons.</p>

Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Dumars has resigned as the president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons.

The move is effective immediately.

"Joe Dumars is a great champion who has meant so much to this franchise and this community," said Pistons owner Tom Gores in a statement Monday. "We are turning the page with great respect for what he has accomplished not only as a player and a front office executive, but as a person who has represented this team and the NBA with extraordinary dignity."

Dumars has spent 29 years with the Pistons, including 14 as a player and the last 15 in the front office. He was named president prior to the 2000-01 season and built a team that won the NBA title in 2004 and advanced to the NBA Finals the following season.

"It's time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one," said Dumars, who was a member of two championship teams as a player in 1989 and '90. "I've had the pleasure of working with some great people throughout the last 29 years as both a player and executive, and I'm proud of our accomplishments. Tom Gores and ownership is committed to winning and they will continue to move the franchise forward."

The Pistons are a disappointing 29-52 this season heading into Wednesday's season finale at Oklahoma City. Detroit will miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season, the longest drought since a six-season dry spell from 1977-78 through 1982-83.

Dumars helped build teams that won six Central Division titles and reached the Eastern Conference finals six times. He has agreed to remain with the club as an advisor.

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