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|InterBasket > Player Profiles > Joe Dumars, Usa Accomplishments: Joe Dumars owns a gold medal as a tri-captain for the gold-medal winning U.S. National Team at the 1994 World Championship of Basketball in Toronto, Canada. He received the first-ever NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1996-97, given to the player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court (subsequently, the award was named after Dumars). Won the Walter J. Kennedy Citizenship Award for the 1993-94 season. Michael Jordan once said that Dumars (and Mitch Richmond) was his toughest defenders... named to the 1988-89, 1989-90, 1991-92 and 1992-93 NBA All-Defensive First Team and to the 1990-91 NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Was placed on the 1992-93 All-NBA Second Team and to the 1989-90 and 1990-91 All-NBA Third Team.||
Name: Joe Dumars
Born: May 24, 1963
Status: Retired as player, active as President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons; Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall-Of-Fame on September 09, 2006
Origin: Shreveport, Louisiana
Schools: Natchitoches Central High School (Louisiana), McNeese State '85
Drafted: 1985, First Round, 18th pick overall by the Detroit Pistons
Teams (jersey): McNeese State, Detroit Pistons (4), US National Team
Ibn Notes: Joe Dumars never wanted to stick out, and he didn't until it mattered. Whether as the NBA Finals MVP during the Detroit Pistons first championship (with Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, and Bill Laimbeer on the same team) or as the quiet, nice guy that played amongst the rough and tumble Detroit "Bad Boys." Always the consumate team player and citizen, Joe D established himself as an all-star without overly-flashy play, self-promotion, or sound-bites. During his entire 14-years with the Detroit Pistons he won two NBA titles, appeared in six NBA All-Star games and was an MVP in the 1989 NBA Finals. Dumars, along with Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, Rick Mahorn, Vinnie Johnson, James Edwards, and Mark Aguirre (Adrian Dantley) formed the core group of the Bad Boys; the Detroit Piston team that won the NBA Championship in 1989 and 1990, and winning the Central Division crown and Eastern Conference Titles in 1988, 1989, and 1990.
"It was my personal mission never to allow myself to fall into the athlete stereotype of being brash, loud, not be articulate," he said. "I will never let people say that about me. I will carry myself the way I was taught -- I was taught humility, pride, respect for other people. We have to be better role models. You just can't talk about it, we have to walk the walk. For 14 years, I wanted to win championships, but do it the right way, not compromise who or what I am to get fame." -- Joe Dumars, closing remarks during his inception speech for the basketball hall-of-fame.
|Joe Dumars Links From our forum: Retrospectives: Charles Barkley, Joe Dumars, Dominique Wilkins, Nba Forum Articles and other resources: Joe Dumars Player Profile (Wikipedia), Dream Come True (Detroit News), Fittingly, Dumars slips in Hall of Fame under the radar (SI.com), Dumars says there's no rift with Thomas (MLive.com)|