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Name: Bill Laimbeer  
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Date of Birth: 19th May 1957
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Profession: Actor
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Bill Laimbeer at the White House after winning the WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock.

William Laimbeer Jr. (born May 19, 1957 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a former basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently the Head Coach of the Detroit Shock in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Raised in the Chicago suburb of Clarendon Hills, Illinois, Laimbeer lived in Dillon Hall while attending the University of Notre Dame, and in 1974 he played one of the Sleestak during the first season of the television series Land of the Lost.


Laimbeer was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1979. On February 16, 1982, he was traded to the Detroit Pistons, where he would remain for the rest of his career. During his playing career, Laimbeer was one of the most notorious players in the NBA. While highly popular among Pistons fans, Laimbeer was despised by opposing players and fans for committing hard fouls himself, while seeming to bait officials into calling fouls on opponents by flopping to the ground after slight contact. In the public eye, Laimbeer's reputation for physical play tended to overshadow his skills. Laimbeer was one of the top outside-shooting centers of his era, and excelled at running the pick and roll with guards Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. Laimbeer was selected to the NBA All-Star Game on four occasions (1983, 1984,1985 and 1987) and finished among the league leaders in rebounding several times, winning the rebound title in the 1985-86 season. Laimbeer started on the Pistons' 1989 and 1990 NBA championship teams.

Altogether, Laimbeer spent 14 seasons in the NBA, 12 of them with Detroit. Laimbeer became the 19th player in league history to amass more than 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds, and his streak of 685 consecutive games played is the fourth longest in league history. Laimbeer retired early in the 1993-94 season at age 36, and his jersey number (40) was eventually retired by the Pistons. He remains the franchise's all-time leader in career rebounds.

Laimbeer's reputation as one of Detroit's "Bad Boys" was such, that in 1991 he even came to endorse a computer and video games for the SNES called Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball, a futuristic basketball game in which physical play is encouraged.

Post-NBA life

In 1994, Laimbeer co-founded with his father William Sr., Laimbeer Packaging Corp., a company located in Melvindale, Michigan, a Detroit suburb, producing corrugated cardboard boxes. The company struggled through the late 1990s and closed in early 2002.

His father was a ranking executive with the Owens-Illinois corporation, and it was said (only partly tongue-in-cheek) during his career that Laimbeer was the only NBA player who earned less money than his father.

After retiring from the game, Laimbeer maintained his ties to the Pistons as a broadcast commentator.

In the middle of the 2002 WNBA season, Laimbeer took over the head coaching position for the Detroit Shock. A year later, he led the franchise to its first WNBA championship and was named Coach of the Year that year. It marked the first time in WNBA history that a team other than Los Angeles or Houston won the title.

Laimbeer has talked about the possibility of one day coaching in the NBA. The New York Knicks, whose current team president is former Piston teammate Isiah Thomas, had considered Laimbeer as a possibility. On the other hand, the Pistons, presided by former teammate Joe Dumars, have considered the possibility of Laimbeer replacing departing coach Larry Brown.

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