Former NBA Star Reveals He Will Never Coach Again

Speaking to members of the media on Saturday, Laimbeer was open about his future coaching career.

I'm never going to be a coach again. I simply don't have that much energy. I don't have that kind of determination. It's completely consuming.

I'm not sure if I'll play basketball again in the future. It's too soon to tell. I had only taken six months off. I've never spent a summer at my Michigan farm. So that's something I'm looking forward to. 

The 65-year-old had a highly successful NBA career, playing all but two seasons as one of the "Bad Boy" Pistons' centrepieces.

Laimbeer began coaching in the WNBA in 2002 as a member of the Detroit Shock, guiding them to three WNBA championships in 2003, 2006, and 2008.

After a brief spell as an NBA assistant, Laimbeer returned to The W to coach the New York Liberty from 2012 to 2017, before moving on to the Las Vegas Aces and leading them to the 2020 NBA Finals.

Becky Hammond, a former Spurs assistant, now handles the show in Las Vegas. While Laimbeer says it was difficult to leave his ladies, he is pleased with the work Hammond has done.

It was an easy decision to make, but it was difficult to put into action. Last year, I realised – and I believe some of the players did as well – that I was running out of energy. I'd recently finished my coaching training.

Most coaches quit because they stink or leave a lousy club. I passed the [torch] to a young coach with a talented basketball squad. She's immediately successful.

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