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

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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

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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

Counted out, glossed over, never had a chance-- if you believe the reports, it isn't likely that...

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Counted out, glossed over, never had a chance-- if you believe the reports, it isn't likely that Bill Laimbeer will be seriously considered to be the next Detroit Pistons head coach. Why trust a guy like Laimbeer when the bulk of his coaching experience was in the WNBA? Why give him a shot when his temper is more famous than his on-court production? Why consider Laimbeer when names like Mark Jackson, Lawrence Frank, Mike Woodson and Kelvin Sampson are on the board? The answer is pretty simple-- when you break it down, the arguments for hiring Bill Laimbeer are more compelling than the arguments against, and the values he embodies are precisely what this Pistons team needs.

From In Defense of Bill Laimbeer: The right man for the job - Detroit Bad Boys. Mike Payne does an admirable job here of looking at the "WNBA question" that some are apparently using to cast a shadow of doubt over Bill Laimbeer's NBA coaching chances. The bottom line is that with as much success as he had in the WNBA, there might be more carryover than other coaching options.

Will Isiah Thomas be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons? Or perhaps Bill Laimbeer? Sources told...

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Will Isiah Thomas be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons? Or perhaps Bill Laimbeer? Sources told ESPN The Magazine yesterday that Thomas and Laimbeer, who were teammates in Detroit for 12-plus seasons, are among the candidates to replace John Kuester, who was fired Sunday after two seasons.

From Sources: Pistons eyeing Thomas, Laimbeer for head-coaching job | Philadelphia Daily News | 06/08/2011. Not mentioned in the article is that former Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer is currently an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Swish Appeal's Completely Hypothetical & Generally Anti-Serious List Of Highly Qualified Candidates For WNBA President

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Like some others, we believe that the league needs to start by looking outside the box to consider a broad and expansive range of candidates in order to ensure that we exhaust all options in our...

Updated: Sixers Coaching Search: Quick Recap

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A quick recap of who's been interviewed, contacted, and mentioned in the Sixers' head coaching search.

Bill Laimbeer heads to Minnesota

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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

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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?

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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

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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...

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