Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Report: Laimbeer Headed Back to the NBA

By Mel Greenberg

Report: Laimbeer Headed Back to the NBA

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By Mel Greenberg

Apparently, former WNBA Detroit Shock coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer has found a home back in the NBA.

The former center of the NBA champion Detroit Pistons during their "Bad Boys" era in the late 1980s will join new Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis, and the Minneapolis paper reported.

Laimbeer, who has never coached in the NBA, resigned from the Shock in June after leading Detroit to three championships, including last season's three-game sweep of the San Atonio Silver Stars.

He has said that the NBA was in his aspiration after leaving the WNBA franchise he rescued, turning the Shock into a worst-to-first wonder when they bolted from the worst record the previous season to their first WNBA title in 2003.

-- Mel 

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Mel Greenberg covers college and pro women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he has worked for 38 years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather. He was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Kathleen Radebaugh is a recent graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She covered women's basketball for the school's newspaper, The Hawk, and served as sports editor her sophomore year. She was also a four-year member of the varsity crew team.

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Acacia O'Connor is based in Washington, D.C., where she reports on the Mystics and the college basketball scene in the nation's capital. A graduate of Vassar college, she played on the varsity women's basketball team and was editor of the student newspaper.

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