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Bill Laimbeer
Las Vegas Aces
Position Head coach / General Manager
League WNBA
Personal information
Born May 19, 1957 (1957-05-19) (age 65)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 244 lbs (111 kg)
Career information
High school Palos Verdes
(Palos Verdes, California)
College Notre Dame (1975–1979)
NBA Draft 1979 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65th
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 1979–1993 (14 years)
Position Center
Jersey No. 41, 40
Coaching career 2002–present
Career history

As player:

1979–1980 Basket Brescia Leonessa
19801982 Cleveland Cavaliers
19821993 Detroit Pistons

As coach:

20022009 Detroit Shock
20092011 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
20132017 New York Liberty
2018–present Las Vegas Aces
Career highlights and awards
As player:
As coach:
  • WNBA champion (2003, 2006, 2008)
  • 2× WNBA Coach of the Year (2003, 2015)

William J. Laimbeer Jr. (born May 19, 1957) is an American former basketball player and current coach of the Las Vegas Aces in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

During his National Basketball Association (NBA) career, he was known for his 11-year tenure with the Detroit Pistons. Notorious for his physical play and violent reputation on the court, Laimbeer played at center with Hall of Fame backcourt guards Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars and forward Dennis Rodman, winning back to back NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990 with the Pistons, and being named an NBA All-Star four times. Prior to the NBA, he played for the University of Notre Dame and Palos Verdes High School in Southern California.

After his playing career, Laimbeer served as the head coach and general manager of the Detroit Shock in the WNBA from 2002 to 2009, coaching the team to three league championships in 2003, 2006, and 2008. He was the head coach of the New York Liberty from 2013 to 2017 and has been the head coach of the Las Vegas Aces since 2018. He has twice been named the WNBA's Coach of the Year.

Early life

Professional career