At least that’s what the Free-Press’s Drew Sharp would have believefollowing the shocking (sorry) announcement former Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer is stepping down as head coach of the WNBA Detroit Shock just 3 games into the 2009 season. Laimbeer is said to covet a job coaching a men’s professional team, and given Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert’s obsession with all things Pistons, let the Laimbeer-to-Cleveland rumors (which are far less sensical than Shaq-to-Cleveland rumors) start here.
“It™s disappointing that Bill has decided to step down as head coach and general manager of the Detroit Shock, Shock president Tom Wilson said in a released statement. œBut at the same time, Bill led the Shock to three WNBA championships and a league-record 27 postseason victories during his seven-year tenure. We thank him for his guidance and dedication to the franchise and our organization.
New head coach Rick Mahorn had been serving his fifth season as a Shock assistant.
œRick has been vital to the success of the Shock over the last five seasons and we feel that the transition will be seamless, said Wilson. œRick has built tremendous relationships with the Shock players during his tenure, and we feel that his championship goals for the franchise remain unchanged.