Dumars steps down as Pistons president

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 15 2014 12:08 PM | Updated as of Apr 15 2014 08:08 PM

DETROIT - Joe Dumars, who built the team that captured the NBA title in 2004, has resigned as the president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons.

Dumars has spent 29 years with the Pistons, including the last 15 in the front office. He spent 14 seasons as a player.

He was named president prior to the 2000-01 regular season. The year after they won the title, the Pistons reached the NBA championship series the next season.

The Pistons have just 29 wins heading into Wednesday's final regular season contest at Oklahoma City. Detroit will miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season, the longest drought since a six-season span from 1977-78 through 1982-83.

Under Dumars' direction, Detroit won six Central Division titles and reached the Eastern Conference finals six times. He has agreed to remain with the club as an advisor.

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