Bill Laimbeer

  • American coach
  • Born May 19, 1957

William Laimbeer Jr. (born May 19, 1957) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player who spent most of his career with the Detroit Pistons. Teaming with Hall of Fame backcourt guards Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and small forward Dennis Rodman, Laimbeer won back to back NBA Championships in both 1989 and 1990. He is the current head coach of the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces. Playing at center, Laimbeer was a four-time NBA All-Star and integral part of the Pistons teams that won two championships.

The Finals are about a test of wills.

I played in Joe Louis in a playoff game. I played there when the roof caved in for half a season. The facility is great for basketball because it goes straight up, so you feel like the fans are on top of you.

We came in today with a chip on our shoulder to prove who we are.

They scored 26 points in three quarters. That's solid defense.

I thought we were aggressive across the board defensively, and you could just see it grow. As the game went along, you could see the confidence grow. It showed in the fourth quarter.

The players have to come and play. Today we did.

It's not tough at all as long as the fans are yelling, screaming and hollering.