Laimbeer Resigns as Shock Coach
Detroit Shock Coach Bill Laimbeer announced Monday that he would be stepping down as the team's head coach and general manager.
According to the Shock's Web site, Laimbeer said he wants to turn his focus to landing a job coaching in the NBA and he didn't want that to distract from the Shock's season.
Laimbeer said he's been dogged by questions recently about a possible future in the NBA coaching ranks and says that's why he's making the change now.
"My answer's always been very diplomatic: I'm having fun doing what I'm doing. If it comes one day, okay, great," Laimbeer said at news conference Monday. "But the best way to say it now is, yeah, I do want to go to the NBA and [be an] assistant coach, head coach. That's my passion, that's my goal, and so when someone asks me the question I want to say yes."
In seven years as Detroit's head coach and GM, Laimbeer won three WNBA titles and made four trips to the league's championship series, including trips to the past three consecutive WNBA Finals.
Laimbeer's assistants will share his responsibilities. Rick Mahorn will take over as head coach while Cheryl Reeve will remain on the bench and also assume duties as general manager.
What do you think? What does this mean for Detroit's season? And what does it mean for the rest of the league?
Posted by: guisher | June 16, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse
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