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Posts Tagged ‘Detroit Pistons.’

Joe Dumars resigns as Pistons President of Basketball Operations

Joe Dumars at White House with Pistons (photo by Office of the U.S. President via wikipedia commons)

It had been rumored for weeks that Joe Dumars would either resign or would not have his contract renewed by the Detroit Pistons.

On Monday, the Detroit Pistons announced that Dumars would step down as President of Basketball Operations, yet remain as an advisor to the organization and its ownership group. During his 14 years as President, Dumars guided the organization to a 595-536 (.527) regular-season record, 73 playoff wins, six Eastern Conference Finals appearances (2003-08), six Central Division titles, two Eastern Conference Championships (2004, 2005), two NBA Finals appearances and the 2004 NBA Championship.

The Pistons have not made the playoffs since 2009.

During the 2005-2006 season, Detroit recorded its best regular-season record in franchise history (64-18). The Pistons made it to the Eastern Conference Finals six straight years (2003–2008) under Dumars’ leadership.

NY Liberty name Laimbeer as GM, coach

 

Former NBA star Bill Laimbeer, who is 55 years old,  has returned to the WNBA as the general manager and coach of the New York Liberty.

Laimbeer replaces John Whisenant, who in two seasons as GM and coach, had a record of 34-34 and took the Liberty to playoff berths.

Bill Laimbeer (R) with Rick Mahorn & Cheryl Reeve with Detroit Shock (photo by Dave Hogg via wikipedia commons)

Laimbeer, a former star with the Detroit Pistons, led the Detroit Shock to three WNBA titles and was 137-93 as the team’s general manager and coach from 2002-2009.

Laimbeer, who had his uniform jersey #40 retired by the Pistons, scored 13,790 points, 10,400 rebounds, 965 blocked shots. He was a 2-time NBA Champion and 4-time All-Star.

Irving leads Cavs to win over Pistons

 

Kyrie Irving (photo courtesy of Duke athletics)

Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving had 21 points, six rebounds and three assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 91-87 win over the Detroit Pistons in NBA exhibition action.

The #1 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Irving made big free throws down the stretch and took possession of loose ball under the Pistons basket to seal the win.

Cleveland led by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter and was ahead 86-75 before the Pistons rallied with a 10-0 run to close it to within 86-85 with 56.8 seconds to go.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Cavaliers, Radio & TV news

Jordan Dumars calls it a career at Michigan

 

Jordan Dumars (courtesy of U of South Florida)

Jordan Dumars, the son of Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars, has left the University of Michigan basketball team.

Jordan is expected to remain a student at the university but says injuries have taken a toll on his body.

He transferred from South Florida midway through the 2009-10 season but didn’t play a game for Michigan because of knee and injuries to his shoulder.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & University of Michigan

University of Detroit to name court after Dick Vitale

 

Dick Vitale (file photo)

The Detroit Titans of the Horizon League will be renaming their baseketball court after ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale, who used to be head coach and athletic director at the school.

Vitale coach at the school from 1973-77, compiling a record of 78-30. In April 1977, he was named athletic director. The next year, he was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

While coaching the Titans, some of his players included John Long, Terry Deurod and Terry Tyler.

Vitale will be honored when the St. John’s University come to Calihan Hall on Monday, December 5. Vitale will celebrate his 32nd anniversary of broadcasting games for ESPN on that day.

Calihan Hall at U of Detroit (photo by Mike Russell via wikipedia commons)

 

Info courtesy of University of Detroit athletics

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