Chat with Bill Laimbeer
Laimbeer is best known for his days as a member of the Pistons' "Bad Boys." Laimbeer played for two NBA title teams with Detroit, winning back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990. He finished his career averaging 12.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. In the 1985-86 season, Laimbeer led the NBA in rebounds with 13.1 per game, the fourth of six straight years in which he averaged 10 or more rebounds per game.
The 6-11 center played his college basketball at Notre Dame. He helped lead the Irish to the Final Four during the 1977-78 season and was the team captain for the 1978-79 team that went to the Elite Eight.
As the NCAA tournament draws closer, Laimbeer is teaming up with Coke Zero to help college basketball fans show their passion for their team. The winners will be showcased on a national television spot during the tournament. To enter, and to show off your passion for your team, visit TasteTheMadness.com.
Send in your questions now, then join the Laimbeer on Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. ET!
Bill Laimbeer (12:46 PM)
It's a great time of year for college basketball. One and done and that's what makes college basketball so great!
Bill, Who is going to go to the final four?
Bill Laimbeer (12:47 PM)
I say UNC, UConn, Pitt and Memphis will be there also.
Matt J (Greenwich, CT)
Does anyone on this years Notre Dame team remind you of anyone of your old teammates in college or even yourself?
Bill Laimbeer (12:48 PM)
No. Every generation is different. In my time, the team was deep. Players only got to play 20 minutes a game couldn't really so what they can do. Now, players play about 35 minutes a game and are able to show their skills on the court.
If you were going to do something to show your passion for your team to get on this Coke Zero commercial, what would you do?
Bill Laimbeer (12:50 PM)
Laughing ...I will paint my face up, wear a silly hat and get my vocal cords up to the highest pitch and cheer for my favorite team!
William Hall New Brunswick,NJ
Do you think that Dwayne Wade will be MVP!
Bill Laimbeer (12:51 PM)
Wow, good question! Right now, he is playing like an MVP. However, LeBron James has been playing like an MVP the entire season. MVP awards usually go to the player with the better team and that would be LeBron.
Bill, do you think Dennis Rodman should be in the Hall?
Bill Laimbeer (12:54 PM)
Tough call! I would say no. He was a great rebounder and defender but more of a role player than not. He was a great teammate and has multiple rings.
Dave (Jackson, MI)
What are your thoughts on the current Pistons and where do they go from here?
Bill Laimbeer (12:55 PM)
Right now they are struggling and may people have written them off. They are still capable of still beating anybody but it appears that they are looking towards the future rather than playing for the present.
Cee from Cleveland/ Ohio
Bill you were the man with the Bad Boys, you didn't take crap from no one. How do you manage your strong personalitly you had as a Bad Boy to a man coaching WNBA basketball? Do you have to bring it down when it come to coaching women's basketball? BAD BOYS
Bill Laimbeer (12:57 PM)
WNBA players are highly competitive, physical, and want to learn. I can demand of them the same thing that I demanded of myself. There are differences between the men and the women, you can't really yell that the women.
Steiny (NYC) [via mobile]
What is the best advice that you ever got?
Bill Laimbeer (12:58 PM)
I guess being a golfer the best advice I got was "hit it, go find it, hit it again and don't get mad."
Mr. Laimbeer, As some one who is legendary for his tough play, and what some may call "dirty" antics, what is your take on the Trev Oriza/Rudy situation. Obviously he wasn't trying to hurt him, but would you call it dirty simply based on how stupid of a move it was?
Bill Laimbeer (1:00 PM)
I don't think it was a dirty play. If you go up to block a shot sometimes you will miss. You can hit a player awkwardly, then they will sometimes fall awkwardly, that's just basketball.
Bill Laimbeer (1:03 PM)
I've enjoyed the questions. They were very thoughtful. Please check out http://www.tastethemadness.com for all the wild and crazy videos. Enjoy March Madness!
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