NY Liberty re-hires Bill Laimbeer as coach

bill-laimbeer-bwThe NY Liberty rehired Bill Laimbeer as coach three months after they chose to not exercise the option year on his contract, NY Times reported with reference to AP.

The Liberty were 26-42 under Laimbeer when they parted ways in October. Laimbeer will no longer be the general manager, with Kristin Bernert taking over that role.

Laimbeer himself wasn’t surprised when the New York Liberty wanted him back, as he never wanted to leave in the first place.

“They called and said we want to chat about you coming back and being coach, I said I’m all for that,” Laimbeer said in a phone interview.

“I knew we were going in the right direction, I thought that it takes time and nothing happens overnight,” Laimbeer said. “We had a good lurch in the proper direction and the way we were going. I wanted to fulfill that path and plan. I was sad a little bit, but I understand business is business.”

Laimbeer has had success in the WNBA, leading the Detroit Shock to three titles as the team’s general manager and coach from 2002 to 2009.

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.


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