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Joe Dumars faces a long hot summer

The biggest challenge in his 25 years with the franchise: Get the Pistons back on track

Originally Published: June 11, 2010
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

Like many Detroiters, I had no idea who Joe Dumars was when the Pistons selected the 6-foot-3 guard from McNeese State with the 18th pick in 1985. Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer were already anchoring the team, so we just hoped the small-school guy could contribute a solid 10 minutes a game. Twenty-five years later, Joe-D arguably has contributed more to the franchise than any other employee ever: a pair of rings as a player, another as GM and a leadership legacy built on a catchphrase ...

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