Sports Radio 750 The Game in Portland has a great interview with former Pistons general manager Jack McCloskey (hat tip to commenter and Portland-based Pistons fan Frankie D for the find) about a variety of topics, including how excited he was to get Joe Dumars in the 1985 NBA Draft:
“We were drafting 19th I think, and the owners always liked to know who I liked in the draft and who would be there. And I told them. The draft starts, and Joe Dumars isn’t picked up. We get down to, I guess it was the 17th pick, and Dallas had two picks, 17 and 18, and I thought well, they gotta take him (Dumars). They took two big guys, and I immediately grabbed the phone and called and said the Pistons will take Joe Dumars. The two owners jumped off their chairs and said, “Joe Dumars?! You never told us about him!” And I said, “I didn’t think he would be there!” And I mean, he’s in the Hall of Fame.”
Trader Jack was off by a pick (Dumars was picked 18th), but he was right about the scenario: Dallas got its twin towers right before the Dumars pick. The duo of Uwe Blab and Bill Wennington assured the Mavs of multiple future championships while the Pistons had to settle for Dumars.
McCloskey also goes into detail about one of the most controversial trades in team history, the one that sent Adrian Dantley to Dallas for Mark Aguirre. The whole interview is really interesting and worth a listen.