Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WNBA: Detroit Shock Exchanging Bad Boys

By Mel Greenberg

WNBA: Detroit Shock Exchanging Bad Boys


By Mel Greenberg

Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, coach of the WNBA defending champions, is leaving the team after leading the bunch from the Motor City to three league titles, and will be replaced by assistant Rick Mahorn, according to a source familiar with the move.

The team will make the announcement early Monday afternoon.

The Detroit Free Press also reported Laimbeer's impending departure in Monday's editions.

Assistant coach Cheryl Reeve, a former La Salle star in Philadelphia in the late 1980s and a native of South Jersey, will be elevated to the top assistant spot and will also be named general manager.

Although Laimbeer, who coached Detroit for 6 1/2 years, has had aspirations to head an NBA squad, he is heading off to the golf course for now, the source said, requesting to remain anonymous because they were not yet authorized to speak on behalf of the team.

Mahorn is a former 76er and is also a former member of the NBA Detroit "Bad Boys" championship era as was Laimbeer.

When Laimbeer took over the squad early in the 2002 season, the Shock had a deep losing record and were considered on the road to disolvement.

But he convinced the Pistons ownership to retain the team and the following year produced a worst-to-first turnaround as Detroit dethroned the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Sparks in an exciting best-of-three series that began with the Shock being routed in Los Angeles in the opening game.

 -- 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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Jonathan Tannenwald is a producer with In addition to covering the local college scene, he spent two years as the Washington Mystics beat writer for Women's Hoops Guru. He also writes his own blog, Soft Pretzel Logic, which covers men's college basketball, football, and other sports.

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.

Erin Semagin Damio covers the University of Connecticut and the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for the blog, and contributes other features. The Storrs, Conn., native also attends Northeastern University, where she is a coxswain on the varsity crew team.

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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