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Hall of Fame player and executive Joe Dumars joins Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast.
In his first extended interview since leaving a 14-run as Detroit Pistons GM in April of 2014, Dumars goes deep into his championship run in the 2000’s, the turbulent final seasons, the Rasheed Wallace trade that completed a championship team and the Kobe Bryant deal that never happened.
Dumars talks about his desire to work as an NBA GM again, what he’s learned away from the front office grind and how he’d approach a new challenge. Dumars also talks about his affection for Pistons coach Chuck Daly, his childhood in rural Louisiana and a teenage AAU team that included Dumars, Karl Malone, Benny Anders and Benoit Benjamin. Here are some key moments:
2:37: Stepping away from the NBA after spending so many years with the Pistons.
5:42: How the dominance of Golden State and Cleveland will impact the trade deadline.
10:48: The trade for Wallace that pushed the Pistons over the top in 2004.
16:56: Larry Brown pushing for the team to acquire Wallace.
21:48: Nearly acquiring Bryant after coming to an agreement with the Lakers.
26:17: How the league has evolved since his playing career in the 80s and 90s, including the elimination of fighting.
30:54: His initial reaction to the Malice in the Palace.
33:32: Growing up in a football family in rural Louisiana.
37:47: Learning the value of hard work from his father.
40:26: Dumars’ worldview before entering the NBA.
45:39: The importance of Chuck Daly to his career.
51:30: Evaluating the last few years of his tenure with the Pistons.
55:12: The process that led to drafting Darko Milicic in 2003.
57:50: Wanting to get back into the league in the right situation.
1:00:35: Lessons learned during his time away from the league.