NBA appoints Pistons legend Joe Dumars to key front-office role

Basketball Hall of Fame member Joe Dumars has been named the NBA’s executive vice president in charge of basketball operations.He begins his job next Monday and will report to Byron Spruell, the president of basketball operations.Dumars will oversee areas that include the development of playing rules and interpretations, conduct and discipline, and policies and procedures relating to the operation of games.He most recently spent three seasons in the front office of the Sacramento Kings, two of them as chief strategy officer. Prior to that, he was the president of basketball operations for 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons, the team with which he spent his entire NBA career (1985-99).”My life has centered on the NBA for nearly 40 years, which makes the opportunity to serve the entire league incredibly exciting and rewarding,” said Dumars, who turns 59 this month. “I’m looking forward to using my skills and experience to collaborate with all 30 teams on ways to shape the future direction of the league and help the game continue to evolve.”