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Joe Dumars (2015)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-09-13

Duration: 00:24:24

Subjects: Dumars, Joe | Sports | Basketball players | MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY | National Basketball Association | Detroit Pistons (Basketball team)


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Nevils, Allegra Producer
  • Dumars, Joe Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from September 13, 2015, features an interview with Joe Dumars conducted by Beth Courtney. Dumars, a native of Natchitoches, played college basketball at McNeese State University from 1981-1985 and professional basketball for the Detroit Pistons from 1985-1999. He was named the MVP of the NBA Finals in 1989 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Dumars discusses: growing up in Natchitoches; his parents; his time at McNeese; his decision to complete his college degree in 2008; being drafted by the Detroit Pistons; playing with the “Bad Boys,” including Isaiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman; the honor of having the NBA Sportsmanship Award named after him; his transition from his playing career to working in the front office with the Pistons; playing against Michael Jordan; and the possibility that he will move back to Louisiana.