Thursday, 22 July 2010 7:29 P.M.
Basketball Ambassador Matt Dobek dies suddenly
Mich. -- Former Vice President of Media Relations for the
Detroit Pistons, Matt Dobek died unexpectedly in his Rochester Hills,
Michigan home. He was well known in Professional basketball and
International basketball circles.
was with the Pistons for 29 years. Before joining the Pistons he
had been Sports Information Director at Wayne State University for
he was embroiled by some controversy after leaving the Pistons last
graduate of Central Michigan University and a native Detroiter,
was very active with the National Polish-American Sports Hall of
Fame and civic events in Hamtramck, Michigan. He was a longtime
member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association and was known
for hosting Piston players and the media at colorful Hamtramck pubs.
part of three NBA Championship Teams, 1989, 1990 and 2004. He was
adept at making the Detroit Piston ‘Bad Boys’ look good.
He was very close to former Piston, Isiah Thomas and Coach Chuck
Daly. In 1989, Dobek co-authored a book with Thomas, "Bad Boys:
An Inside Look at the Detroit Pistons’ and the 1988-89 Championship
was being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for a
gambling and point shaving scandal regarding National Basketball
Association games, Dobek and Detroit News reporter Dave Dye were
caught up in the controversy.
been communications director for the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball
team in Barcelona, Spain, coached by Daly. Dobek always joked when
Daly would give him some of his new clothes. Daly was known for
his classy wardrobe. Dobek was tall like Daly and once said, “He
would give me his expensive overcoats after only wearing them once,
it was a great arrangement. I loved it.” Dobek coordinated
logistics and support for Daly’s funeral.
NBA, Dobek was considered an active Detroit ambassador. He brought
many notable guests to the celebrated Hamtramck bistro, The Polish
Village Cafe. He was low key in his approach to handling media relations
and was old school and generous with buying a round at the old Detroit
He was always
quick to praise his staff including long time statistician Mooris
Moorawnick. “Morey makes me look good,” Dobek would
often say. Dobek would sometimes drive 30 miles each way to make
sure Moorawnick would get to the Piston games on time.
Dobek was very loyal to his old friends and always highlighted his
Dobek was honored by the CMU Journalism Department.
the Holy Cross Council-Knights of Columbus and St. Andrews Church
campus in Detroit. Before residing in Rochester Hills, he lived
in Royal Oak and Detroit.
County Medical examiner said funeral arrangements will be announced
at a later date.