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League loses one of its best coaches

After all he gave to league, Laimbeer has earned right to do what he wants

Originally Published: June 15, 2009
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

Bill Laimbeer was in Kansas City, coaching his Detroit Shock team in a WNBA exhibition game a few years back, and talking animatedly beforehand. Never mind that the game didn't really count and the venue was so much smaller and farther away from the spotlight than the places where Laimbeer had once himself played.

He was still fired up. Among other things, he was lamenting how the 40-minute games limited his options to utilize his bench as much as he wanted to. He would have liked ...

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