Laimbeer wants to concentrate on WNBA job

Updated: July 15, 2005, 9:51 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Bill Laimbeer has told Isiah Thomas that he no longer wants to be considered for the Knicks' head coaching job, a source involved in the talks told ESPN's Jim Gray.

The source added that Laimbeer plans to concentrate on his current head coaching job with the WNBA's Detroit Shock and that he has an interest in the Sonics opening.

In June, Laimbeer had a second interview with Thomas. In April, Thomas called interim coach Herb Williams the "front-runner" to be the head coach when training camp opens in October. Thomas also met with Phil Jackson that month and has interviewed other candidates.

However, Thomas, citing a possible lockout and the upcoming draft, told The New York Times that he didn't foresee making a coaching move in the near future.

"We have a whole summer to do our homework and make sure that we do what's right and what's best for the New York Knicks," he told the Times.

Laimbeer has said before that he would like to coach in the NBA someday. He and Thomas were teammates on Detroit's "Bad Boys" 1989 and 1990 NBA championship teams.

The Knicks finished 33-49 last season, and coach Lenny Wilkens resigned at midseason. Williams led New York to a 16-27 finish. A nine-game losing streak that began in March ended any chance New York had of qualifying for the playoffs for a second straight year. The Knicks haven't won a postseason game in four years, and it's been five since they took a playoff series.

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