Pistons fire Coach Maurice Cheeks after 50 games at helm

DETROIT, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons announced Sunday head Coach Maurice Cheeks has been fired after just 50 games behind the bench.

Phil Jackson to help Pistons find new coach

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 3 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons said legendary NBA Coach Phil Jackson will be a consultant in the team's search for a new coach.
Kidd wins NBA's Sportsmanship Award

Kidd wins NBA's Sportsmanship Award

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd has been voted the NBA Sportsmanship Award winner for the second consecutive season.
Lawrence Frank fired as Detroit Pistons coach

Lawrence Frank fired as Detroit Pistons coach

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 18 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons on Thursday fired Coach Lawrence Frank after two seasons in which the Pistons were a combined 40 games under .500.

Detroit Pistons fire coach

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 30 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons fired Coach Michael Curry Tuesday, just one year after being hired and two months after getting a vote of confidence.

Chris Webber adds depth to Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons signed veteran Chris Webber for the veteran's minimum Tuesday.

Barkley joins Basketball Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins and Joe Dumars were inducted Friday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Reports: Barkley headed to Hall of Fame

ATLANTA, April 1 (UPI) -- Former NBA stars Dominique Wilkins, Charles Barkley and Joe Dumars are headed to the Hall of Fame, CNN and ESPN reported Saturday.

Pistons extend Prince contract

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons extended forward Tayshaun Prince's contract Monday for a reported $45 million to $50 million over five years.

Pistons name Flip Saunders head coach

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 21 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons named Flip Saunders Thursday to replace Larry Brown as head coach, two days after Brown left the team.

Brown no longer Pistons head coach

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 19 (UPI) -- Detroit Pistons Coach Larry Brown has reached a settlement on the last three years of his contract and will leave the team.

Pistons, Brown talk contract

DETROIT, July 5 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons and have resumed talks with representatives for Larry Brown but ESPN.com reported the coach's future with the team remains in doubt.

Grant Hill named NBA's top sportsman

NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) -- Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill Thursday was named winner of the NBA's Sportsmanship Award for the 2004-05 season.

Detroit Pistons basketball coach fired

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 31 (UPI) -- Rick Carlisle was fired Saturday as coach of the Detroit Pistons and may end up being replaced by the coach he beat in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals.

Ray Allen wins Sportsmanship Award

NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) -- Veteran guard Ray Allen of Seattle Tuesday was named winner of the Joe Dumars NBA Sportsmanship Award.
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Joe Dumars
NYP97032601-27MAR97-NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Knicks Captain #33 Patrick Ewing dunks over Detroit Pistons Joe Dumars for 2 of his 27 points as the Knicks defeated the Pistons 105-94, at Madison Square Garden, March 26. UPI js/ Jason Szenes

Joe Dumars III (born May 24, 1963), nicknamed Joe D, is a retired American basketball player in the NBA, and currently the Detroit Pistons' President of Basketball Operations. At 6'3" (190 cm) Dumars could play either shooting guard or point guard on offense and was a highly effective defender. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dumars and Isiah Thomas combined to form one of the best backcourts in NBA history. Initially a shooting guard, Dumars moved over to point guard following Thomas's retirement in 1994, sharing ball-handling duties with Grant Hill. Dumars was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Dumars was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dumars' mother, Ophelia, was a custodian at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches while his father, Joe (Big Joe), was a truck driver.

Dumars grew up in an athletic family, but, surprisingly, basketball was not his favorite sport as a child. Football was more popular in the region and all five of his brothers were defensive standouts at Natchitoches Central High School. His brother David later played professional football in the USFL. Dumars followed in his brothers’ footsteps playing defensive back on the football team until junior high school when a big hit on the field directed him toward basketball. Ever the supportive father, Big Joe built a hoop, made of an old bicycle wheel and half of a wooden door, in the Dumars' backyard where Little Joe spent hours practicing his jumper.

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