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April 18, 2013 Updates

Vincent Goodwill: Don't think they'll go through the Laimbeer thing again. From what I heard, nobody was really impressed with how he interviewed last time Twitter @vgoodwill

February 18, 2013 Updates

It was not our intention to play "Gotcha" with the greatest flopper the sport has ever known. We just wanted to gauge how far he’s come since his Detroit Pistons days, when he could incite a riot in a dozen ways, most of them involving melodrama — a flop, a shove, a covert elbow, a fake outrage. Chuck Daly, as he often did, put it best once: "Laimbeer," the great coach said, "could drive people insane and then just walk away — he was like Gandhi." "People disliked me because I never went away," Laimbeer corrected. "I was always there, and people couldn’t stand it. I was an irritating person to play against, and I’d get under your skin." Newark Star-Ledger

No one ever doubted his talent for this. Check out how many Laimbeer videos there are on YouTube, and then count how many are tagged with "fight," "flop," "cheap shot" or "hard foul." Spoiler alert: The answers are "3,700" and "more than half." And a large number involve him getting punched in the face by a 1980s wing of the Hall of Fame: Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Robert Parish, et al. Oh, and Isiah Thomas, if we’re including practices. There should be some kind of medal for that. "The Bad Boys moniker will live forever," Laimbeer said triumphantly. "You see they’re now doing a documentary on those Pistons teams? It was our identity, and we’re proud of it. But no, there’s no medal for getting punched. The real badge of honor is the championship." Newark Star-Ledger

January 19, 2013 Updates
October 26, 2012 Updates

Former Detroit Pistons' great Bill Laimbeer has returned to the head coaching ranks. It's just not in the league he was hoping to do it in. Laimbeer, who helped the Pistons win back-to-back NBA championships in 1989-90, was named head coach and general manager of the WNBA's New York Liberty Thursday. Laimbeer is no stranger to the WNBA. He coached the Detroit Shock from 2002-09 before leaving the club to become an assistant coach with the Minneosta Timberwolves. Booth Newspapers

May 15, 2012 Updates

Kareem Abdul Jabbar will be the recipient of the Ford Freedom Award Scholar Thursday evening at the Charles H.Wright Museum of African American History. The scholar is a living individual who is recognized for demonstrating excellence on a national or international level in the field of the award recipient. Jabbar is the NBA all-time leading scorer but to Piston fans, he is best remembered for being the recipient of a phantom foul by Bill Laimbeer in game 6 of the 1988 NBA Finals. Jabbar hit two free throws which enabled the Lakers to win the game, evening the series at 3-3 and keeping the Pistons from the championship. Jabbar sees it a little differently. “Check the tape; he made contact with my body. It was a good call.” CBS New York

February 8, 2012 Updates

Larry Bird on his -- and the Celtics' -- ongoing feud with the Detroit Pistons' Bill Lambeer, on and off the court: "It's because he was a dirty player. He had to do what he had to do, I understand that, but -- like Ricky Mahorn, he'd hit you and all that... but he didn't try to maim you. Bill tried to hurt you. He was one of them guys who, you'd shoot a jumper and he'd slide his foot under your ankle so you'd twist your ankle. That's why Parish always went down. If you watch any of our old games, Parish was always twisting his ankle against the Pistons." ESPN.com

January 2, 2012 Updates

After Love scored 25 points and grabbed 17 rebounds Sunday to lead the T-Wolves to a 99-82 triumph over the Dallas Mavericks, Odom compared Love to one of the former Detroit Pistons Bad Boys. “He’s almost like a new version of (Bill) Laimbeer to me,’’ Odom, the Mavs’ forward, said. “Almost Laimbeer-like. But a little bit more athletic.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

December 2, 2011 Updates

With assistant GM Tony Ronzone gone, Kahn will reconfigure the front office: Adelman's son R.J. will bring some of the statistical analytics the Rockets use in Houston and assume a front-office player personnel/game preparation role. A new advance scout -- Brent Haskins followed Kevin McHale and J.B. Bickerstaff to Houston -- will report to R.J. Last season's assistant coaches Bill Laimbeer, Reggie Theus and Dave Wohl will be paid for their contract's remaining year but won't be reassigned new jobs. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

July 19, 2011 Updates
June 27, 2011 Updates

Yet sources said that Gores is also taking a level of input from Checketts, who headed up New York's management structure when the Knicks were built around Ewing. NBA.com reported Friday that the Pistons had expanded their coach search to include Ewing, who currently serves as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic. It was not immediately known if the Pistons plan to add more candidates to their search, but Ewing has joined former NBA head coaches Mike Woodson and Lawrence Frank and current NBA assistants Kelvin Sampson (Milwaukee) and Bill Laimbeer (Minnesota) on Detroit's list of potential replacements for John Kuester. ESPN.com

June 26, 2011 Updates

Patrick Ewing took a small step toward becoming a head coach by securing an interview, his first, with the Detroit Pistons. Lawrence Frank and Mike Woodson, both of whom have head coaching experience, are considered the front-runners for the position. Ewing is in a group along with Kelvin Sampson and former Pistons center Bill Laimbeer as candidates looking for their first NBA head coaching job. "Pat is more than ready to be a head coach," the Bulls' Tom Thibodeau said over the telephone Saturday. "I know people only think of Pat as a great player but he has the chance to become a great coach." New York Daily News

June 23, 2011 Updates

If that determination holds, former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson and ex-New Jersey Nets coach Lawrence Frank are ahead of Laimbeer in Detroit's pecking order, with sources maintaining that Woodson -- who has already coached in Detroit as an assistant under Larry Brown -- began the search process as the favorite. ESPN.com

Former Detroit Pistons center Bill Laimbeer interviewed for the Pistons' coaching vacancy Wednesday, according to NBA coaching sources. Laimbeer is the fourth known candidate to be interviewed for the post, but his chances of landing the job appear to be remote given that the Pistons, according to sources, are determined to hire a former NBA head coach to replace the fired John Kuester. ESPN.com

June 21, 2011 Updates
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June 13, 2011 Updates

The Pistons, who already have reached out to former Hawks coach Mike Woodson and received permission to interview Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson, Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, and Timberwolves assistant Bill Laimbeer, will reach out to Mavs general manager Donnie Nelson in the coming days with a request to interview Casey. CBSSports.com

June 9, 2011 Updates

Dumars also received permission to speak with Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank and Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Bill Laimbeer on Thursday. Also, Detroit made contact with former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson. Sampson, Woodson and Frank are the early frontrunners for the job, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

June 8, 2011 Updates

While Knicks fans fret about the possibility of Isiah Thomas returning to New York, the Detroit Pistons are considering Thomas for their vacant head coaching position, according to league sources. Thomas is not the leading candidate, sources say, but he is on Detroit's short list along with Mike Woodson, Kelvin Sampson and his former Pistons teammate Bill Laimbeer. ESPN.com

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