Adrian Wojnarowski: Two teams tried to hire Joe Dumars prior to sale of team to Tom Gores, but he wouldn't meet with them

Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski has a good read on Detroit Pistons President Joe Dumars, particularly Dumars talking about the impact the losses of his brothers had on him. Dumars has talked a bit about it locally before, but this is the first time I’ve seen a national guy write about it.

But from a news perspective, this tidbit was interesting:

In the end, there’s a connection that Dumars has had to Detroit and the Pistons that transcends everything. Two league ownership sources told Yahoo! Sports that they tried to hire Dumars away during the ownership unrest between the Davidson and Gores eras, and he wouldn’t meet with them. He grew up as a young player in Detroit, raised his family there and sent his two children off to the University of Michigan.

Honestly, say what you will about Dumars’ decisions over the last few seasons (and trust me, plenty of people have and will continue to weigh in with opinions that are all over the place on those). But that type of loyalty is pretty unprecedented.

Think about it this way — the team was for sale, so who knows what type of ownership would come in and who they’d want to retain. The team was under-performing. The team had invested a lot of money in some bad contracts (granted, that was Dumars fault, but still … he could’ve walked away). He obviously had opportunities to leave that behind and start fresh elsewhere. Regardless of what you think of the basketball moves he’s made, that’s worthy of respect that he didn’t take the opportunity to bail. Plenty of people in his shoes would’ve done just that.

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