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The Malice at the Palace: An oral history of the scariest moment in NBA history

Blaha: Bill Laimbeer and I were broadcasting the game down by the Pistons bench. Everything happened on the other end of press row. And the reason I wasn't particularly shook up about it is because Bill Laimbeer didn't seem to be particularly bothered by it. He was kind of nonplussed by the whole thing. http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7612311/view/full/an-oral-history-malice-palace

NYT: Leaving Detroit for Tulsa, the Shock Lost Their Way

TULSA, Okla. — Once, it seemed an intriguing idea for prefab success, dismantling a three-time W.N.B.A. championship team in Detroit and relocating it brick by brick to this regional hotbed for women’s basketball. The Tulsa Shock planned to be relentless and hounding as they opened play in 2010. The coach and general manager, Nolan Richardson, was a local favorite. He had never coached women or professionals. But he had won the National Invitation Tournament with the University of Tulsa in 1981 and an N.C.A.A. title with Arkansas in 1994. His drag-strip, trapping style, known as 40 minutes of hell, had been attractively and disruptively frenetic. Anticipating her blistering speed in a frenzied system, Richardson signed the disgraced sprinter Marion Jones. She had won an N.C.A.A. basketball title at North Carolina in 1994. This would give Jones a chance to resume her athletic life after she lost her Olympic gold medals, and even her freedom for a time, in the fallout from a doping scandal. Instead, Tulsa’s ambitious experiment failed. Richardson is gone. Jones is gone. Several indispensable stars from Detroit never arrived. One of the league’s greats, Sheryl Swoopes, resumed her W.N.B.A. career with Tulsa this season, but there is only so far that 40-year-old shoulders and knees can carry an overmatched team. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/sports/basketball/trading-detroit-for-tulsa-wnbas-shock-lost-their-way.html?hp

Bill Laimbeer heads to Minnesota


From the Star-Tribune: New Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis will add former Detroit Pistons bad-boy center Bill Laimbeer and former Sacramento Kings head coach Reggie Theus to his staff, according...

Hot and cold


Michael Rosenberg of the Free Press alternated between fluff and poison this week, penning a tribute to Joe Dumars and a hit piece on Bill Laimbeer. They're both interesting, even if they each read...

Laimbeer to Memphis?


Chris Herrington of the Memphis Flyer wants the Grizzlies to hire Bill Laimbeer as their coach this summer: "One idea among many potential targets: Bill Laimbeer, the former Pistons all-star whose...

Tuesday’s Layup Drill


First up, Amir Johnson apologists will appreciate my timeline of Flip's contradictions and double talk at Free Darko. Those on the other side of the fence may say I'm beating a dead horse. To those...

Ode to Laimbeer


Ballerblogger's ode to Bill Laimbeer.

How this blog got its name


Drew Sharp has a great article in the Detroit Free Press today on the birth of the "Detroit Bad Boys" nickname in 1988: "It just came up in discussion," said Don Sperling of NBA Entertainment, the...

Bird vs. Laimbeer


Watching Bill Laimbeer and Larry Bird go at it never gets old. (via TBL)

Pistons renew Celtics rivalry


The Pistons had the bad rap, but the Celtics were no angels, either. Can anyone honestly justify that Robert Parish takedown on Laimbeer without using the words "he had it coming to him"? In any...

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