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Pistons legend Bill Laimbeer named coach and general manager of the WNBA’s New York Liberty

Pistons legend Bill Laimbeer, who led the Detroit Shock to two championships as head coach, has been named the new coach and general manager of the New York Liberty, according to a WNBA news release:

“We’re excited to have Bill Laimbeer join the New York Liberty as our general manager and head coach. He has brought his winning pedigree and passion to the WNBA and I believe he will play a large role in bringing a championship to the Liberty,” said Allan Houston, the New York Knicks’ assistant GM, who also oversees Liberty basketball operations. “We appreciate Coach Whisenant’s dedication to our team and the organization, and wish him well in the future.”

“I am very excited to return to the WNBA, and for the opportunity to join the New York Liberty,” Laimbeer said. “I missed the competitive fire of players like Cappie Pondexter and Plenette Pierson, two hard-nosed competitors for the Liberty. The commitment of our fans and the City will be invaluable in our quest to bring a WNBA championship to New York. After all, that’s really all that counts.”

Laimbeer spent time with the Minnesota Timberwolves as an assistant coach on the staff of Kurt Rambis and he interviewed for the Pistons’ head coaching job before Lawrence Frank was hired.

In addition to Pierson, who Laimbeer mentioned in his quote above, the Liberty also feature Kara Braxton, who also played for Laimbeer with the Shock before the franchise moved to Tulsa. And let’s just not talk about what has happened to that team since they arrived in Tulsa.

I’m not going to pretend to be a WNBA analyst or anything, but I think a few things are pretty clear based on his Shock tenure: Laimbeer will find talent, he will likely win big in this league and he will do it the way Pistons fans who watched Laimbeer as a player would expect him to do it.


  • Oct 25, 20124:55 pm
    by MIKEYDE248


    One of my all time favorite Pistons.  I would have liked to see him get the head coaching job for the Pistons.  I know coaching the WNBA is different than the NBA, but I still think when he get’s his chance to finally coach a team, he will do well.

  • Oct 25, 20129:44 pm
    by Desolation Row


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    • Oct 25, 20129:56 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


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      • Oct 25, 201211:33 pm
        by Desolation Row


        Sure thing, thanks for the follow-up!

  • Oct 26, 201211:30 am
    by Alan


    I’m a little surprised by this announcement and maybe even a little disappointed.  Laimbeer left the WNBA to work his way up the coaching ranks in the NBA.  What happened?  Did he decide that the road was too tough or did he find that he simply wasn’t going to get the opportunity? 

    I would’ve liked to have seen Laimbeer as an NBA coach.

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