Tuesday, June 15, 2004

[NBA] Detroit Free Press profile on Joe Dumars: "The thing that separated Joe from every other player I ever recruited or coached was his work ethic. He was so focused that when he decided to do something he did whatever it took to get it done. He worked religiously ... Leaders command respect, they don't demand it, and that's the way Joe was as a player. He commanded respect of those on his team and those who played against him ... Joe was a self-made player. He has God-given talent and gifts, but he worked to get where he is. One of my players recently asked me, did I know Joe was going to be an NBA player? I said I knew he had a chance because of his work ethic and his focus."