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NBA Legend Joe Dumars to Speak on Success and Fear

9/25/2008 --

Detroit Pistons executive sets high standards on and off the court.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Commonly referred to as "Joe D" in the Detroit area, Joe Dumars has enjoyed a long history of success on and off the basketball court. Dumars will share his knowledge of how to triumph in the face of fear during a special lecture sponsored by the Ross School of Business at 1:30pm on Oct. 3 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in the Michigan League.

Since being named as president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons in June 2000, Dumars has transformed the organization from a team that won 32 games in 2000-01 to one that has compiled a record of 325-167 (.661) over the last six years.

Bold personnel decisions and an unwillingness to settle for mediocrity have become trademarks of Dumarsí leadership in the Pistonsí front office. And, as the Detroit franchise looks to return to the NBA Finals for the third time in five years, the 2003 Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year is determined to keep the organization among the NBAís elite.

Dumars, who became the seventh Pistons player to have his jersey retired, also had the NBA Sportsmanship Award named after him on the same evening. Dumars received the inaugural award in November 1996; since then, NBA Sportsmanship Award winners have received the Joe Dumars Trophy. In September 2006, Dumarsí playing career was recognized with the highest of all honors when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

"What he meant to his game, not just to this city but to the entire league, with his sportsmanship and his class and his character, it doesn't come around often," says Chauncey Billups of Dumars' election to the Hall of Fame. "Just the things that he did outside of this court, I think it's long overdue. He's definitely deserving."

Drafted out of McNeese State with the 18th selection in the first round of the 1985 NBA draft, Dumars went on to play 1,018 regular season games for Detroit in 14 seasons, making him the most tenured player in franchise history. He retired as the teamís all-time leading three-point shooter with 990 made, and its second all-time leading scorer with 16,401 points. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard also ranks second on Detroitís all-time list for assists (4,612), second in steals (902), third in field goals made (5,994), third in field goals attempted (13,026), third in free throws made (3,423), and third in free throws attempted (4,059).

In addition to his role with the Pistons, Dumars maintains a partnership in the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse, an indoor multi-sports and entertainment complex located in Shelby Township, Mich. A second Joe Dumars Fieldhouse was opened in 2004 in Detroit. Dumars was appointed to the executive committee of the United States Tennis Association in January 1999 and was most recently inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

Dumars will share his road to victory in a talk entitled "Success and Fear" as the featured speaker at the Reunion Business Lecture Oct. 3 during the annual Ross School of Business Reunion Weekend. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, please call (734) 647-0342 or email events@umich.edu.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847, bernied@umich.edu