The Detroit Pistons fired head coach Maurice Cheeks over the weekend and many fans felt that the wrong guy was canned. While Cheeks was losing his players, Dumars has lost the fans and when it comes to the NBA, fans might be the more valuable of the two.
Still, the writing seems to be on the wall for Dumars, as he may be out as the general manager in Detroit at the end of the season. Sam Amico from FOX Sports states that Dumars may be stepping down as GM but won’t be down for long.
There’s been some talk that Pistons GM Joe Dumars could step down at the end of the season if the team fails to make the playoffs. If so, league insiders suspect Dumars won’t be down for long. Despite the Pistons’ failings in recent years, Dumars did build a title-winner. When that happens, you’re always well-respected. And goodness knows, there will be plenty of openings.
He did build a winner — back in 2004. Since then he’s shuffled through head coaches, made questionable moves and more importantly hasn’t built a winner in a long time. I built a paper airplane when I was three but it didn’t make me a mechanic.
Dumars may have once built a winner but handing him the keys to another front office might not happen as fast as some may think.