William Laimbeer, Jr. ( born May 19, 1957 in Boston, United States) is a former basketball player in the NBA. Who became known as part of the Detroit Pistons " Bad Boys ", the champion in 1989 and 1990 awareness. After his playing career he became a coach in the WNBA, where he led the Detroit Shock to three league titles.
Youth and College
Laimbeer was born in Boston, the son of William Sr., an officer at Owens- Illinois, and Mary. He has two sisters Susan and Lee Ann. First, he grew up in Clarendon Hills, a suburb of Chicago, on. When he was in the eleventh grade in high school, his family moved to California in Palos Verdes Estates. After high school graduation he attended the University of Notre Dame, where he was expelled but after his freshman year. He then went for two semesters at the Owens Technical College to regain his fitness and then returned to Notre Dame.
Laimbeer played college basketball for the team of Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish, with whom he won regional championship in 1978 and therefore the Final Four tournament of the NCAA Devision I reached. A year later, defeated Notre Dame in the regional championship finals the team led by Magic Johnson of Michigan State University.
After Laimbeer had attended the University of Notre Dame, in 1979 he was drafted at 65 out of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before he played for Cleveland, he played in his first professional year in Italy. On February 16, 1982 he moved to the Detroit Pistons, where he was active until his career end in 1994.
He played on the position of the center. Feared he was due to his rude defense, in which he often dealt harshly with his opponent. He worked with many hidden fouls, causing it to various brawls, such as with Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Charles Barkley, came. He contributed his part to the fact that the Detroit Pistons were then called Bad Boys. However, he also possessed basket balle generic skills. With nearly 200 successful three -point throws he was one of the best distance shooters among the centers. He also played the pick and roll to perfection with the guards Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. In addition, he was a good rebounder.
Laimbeer was in the years 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987 appointed to the NBA All- Star Game. In the years 1989 and 1990 he won the NBA championship with Detroit. In NBA history, he is one of the 19 players who were able to accumulate at least 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds in their career. The Pistons Laimbeers shirt number 40 was retired in his honor of the award to players, meaning that no future Piston player with 40 runs.
In 2002 he took over as coach of the Detroit Shock play in the WNBA. A year later, they won their first championship, so he was also honored with the WNBA Coach of the Year Award. In the years 2006 and 2008 he won with Detroit also the championship. In June 2009, he handed over the coaching job. At the beginning of the 2009/10 season he was an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In October, 2012 New York Liberty announced that Laimbeer from the season 2013 takes over as coach and the post of General Manager.
Bill played in the movie Hot Shots! with. Here he was briefly seen in a scuffle with Charles Barkley.