Mixed signals on Bill Laimbeer’s NBA coaching chances


Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press:

Laimbeer has it backward. He thinks the NBA won’t hire him because he has been coaching women. In fact, he has been coaching women because the NBA won’t hire him.

Why won’t anybody in the NBA hire him? Well, Laimbeer has been trying to answer that question for years. He sees himself as a potential NBA head coach but can’t even get a job as an assistant. He took the Shock job only to show the NBA he can coach. (And there is nothing wrong with that, by the way.)

He won three championships with the Shock. Yet no NBA team will touch him. And still Bill Laimbeer is searching for answers.

Rosenberg is probably the most plugged-in writer in the area. But he doesn’t mention any front-office sources or any of the like. This column seems more speculative than investigative. (And that’s not to fault Rosenberg. He obviously has talked to enough people to formulate his opinion. I’m just not ready to completely close the book on Laimbeer’s NBA coaching career just based on the column).

It’s definitely true: Laimbeer didn’t make many friends during his playing days. But it just takes one team to want to hire him.


From Kevin Love’s Twitter:

Today is a sad day…Kevin McHale will NOT be back as head coach next season.

As speculated before, Minnesota could be Laimbeer’s destination.

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