Bill Laimbeer appears as guest speaker at Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club


laimbeer-2Recently, the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club had the pleasure of having Bill Laimbeer Jr. as their guest speaker, Marcoislandofflorida reported.

Laimbeer is a retired NBA player who played the majority of his career for the Detroit Pistons.

During his 14-year NBA career, Laimbeer built his reputation as a hard-playing, hard-fouling center for the Detroit Pistons during the team’s glory years, winning back-to-back league titles in 1989 and 1990.

Laimbeer spent 14 years in the NBA, 13 of them with the Detroit Pistons. From 1982-83 season up to 1992-1993, Laimbeer missed only 6 games as a Piston.

Laimbeer averaged double figures in scoring in 10 of his 14 playing seasons, and double-double in rebounding in 7 seasons. Laimbeer was leading the NBA in rebounds in 1983-1984, and 1985-86 seasons. In 1985-1986 Laimbeer averaged 13.1 rebounds per game.

Laimbeer retired from the NBA, after winning two back to back titles with the Pistons in 88-89, 89-90. Career wise, Laimbeer played in 1068 games (861 started), averaging 12.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg in 31.8 minutes of playing time.

After his playing career ended, Laimbeer took some time off from basketball. Then in 2002, he became involved with the WNBA.

Laimbeer’s winning pedigree as a coach/general manager includes three WNBA championships (2003, 2006, 2008) and a WNBA Coach of the Year Award (2003) with the Detroit Shock.

Laimbeer currently is the head coach for the New York Liberty.

Representatives of the girls’ basketball teams from Lely High School and the Marco Island Academy were invited to the luncheon to meet the WNBA coach.

They were very impressed by his talk as well as his size – Laimbeer is a staggering 6-foot, 11-inches.

His father, Bill Laimbeer Sr., is a resident of Marco Island and a member of the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club.

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