Bill Laimbeer: Early Life, Wife & Net Worth

When it comes to the world of sport and mainly basketball, William J. Laimbeer Jr, i.e., Bill Laimbeer, is a popular face among all.

Whether his basketball skills or presenting himself as a coach Laimbeer, he is known for his incredible performance and achievements in the sports.

Laimbeer is one such personality who has made millions of hardcore fan following worldwide. Having spent quite a long in sports, coaching, and his own business, Bill has accumulated a huge net worth of $13 Million.

A legend in basketball, Laimbeer enjoyed a successful career in his coaching career rather than as a player.

William J. Laimbeer Jr
William J. Laimbeer Jr

Let’s find out more in the article below, where you’ll get to know all about Bill, from his professional career to his personal life.

Before moving on, Let’s have a look at the quick facts about Laimbeer.

Quick Facts

Full NameWilliam J. Laimbeer Jr
Date of BirthMay 19, 1957
Birth PlaceBoston, Massachusetts
Nick NameBill Laimbeer
Zodiac SignTaurus
Age65 years old
Height6’11″(2.11 m)
Weight244 lb(111 kg)
Hair ColorSalt and Pepper
Eye ColorBlack
Body MeasurementUnknown
Father’s NameWilliam Laimbeer Sr
Mother’s NameMary Laimbeer
EducationPalos Verdes High School
Owens Technical College
Notre Dame
ProfessionBasketball Player
Head Coach
Awards2*NBA Championship
AffiliationsWomen’s National Basketball Association
Teams CoachedDetroit Shock

Minnesota Timberwolves

New York Liberty

Las Vegas Aces

Marital StatusMarried
WifeChris Laimbeer
Net Worth$13 Million
Social MediaNot active
Merch Basketball Card, Autographed Basketball
Last UpdateJuly, 2022

Bill Laimbeer | Early Life, Family, and Education

The former NBA player was born on May 19, 1957, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. His dad is William Laimbeer Sr; and his mother is Mary Laimbeer.

Apart from his parents, Bill also has one sister named Susan Laimbeer.

Talking about Bill’s parent’s profession, his father, William Laimbeer Sr, was an Owens-Illinois executive who rose as high as company president. Sadly he died in the year 2018 while sleeping.

Laimbeer finished his high school degree at Palos Verdes High School, located in California. After successfully completing his high school degree, the basketball player joined the University Notre Dame College.

Young Bill Laimbeer
Young Bill Laimbeer

Before joining Notre College, Bill played a Sleestak on the children’s TV series Land of the Lost.

However, after enrolling in the university for a few periods, he left the college and joined Owens Technical College in Toledo, Ohio.

At Owens Technical College, the basketball player spent two of his semester and returned to the University Notre Dame College and finished his university degree.

Not much is known about Laimbeer’s childhood experiences; he has kept it all a secret.

Bill Laimbeer | Age, Height, and Personality

William J. Laimbeer Jr; shortly, Bill Laimbeer is of 65 years as of now. Likewise, the WNBA coach celebrates his birthday in May, making his birth sign Taurus.

And from what we know, they are practical, determined, ambitious, and hardworking.

The former basketball has a dashing and outstanding height of 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m). Likewise, with a proper diet plan and regular exercise, Bill weighs around 244 lb (111 kg).

His physical look is incomplete without his salt and pepper hair color and black pair of eyes. Unfortunately, Bill’s body measurement is unavailable at the moment.

Similarly, Laimbeer belongs to American nationality with white ethnicity. Sadly there is no information regarding the religion he follows.

Bill Laimbeer | Basketball Career  

Collegiate Career and College Stats

After attending Notre Dame College, Bill joined the basketball team. Laimbeer averaged 7.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while playing for 20 minutes a game.

During Bill’s college career, he appeared in the final four of the NCAA Tournaments and Elite Eight in the years 1978 and 1979, respectively.

As per his college stats, he played 69 games and scored 7.2 points. His total rebound percentage was 6.3, and 1.0 assists adjusted.

Professional Career and Career Stats

After Laimbeer graduated from college in 1979, he was drafted by Cleveland Cavalier. He also played for the Pinti Inox Brescia and scored around  21.1 points and 12.5 rebounds during the time.

In 1980, Laimbeer was traded to the Detroit Pistons, where he has been regarded as one of the most notorious players in the NBA.

When having with the Pistons, Bill was selected for the NBA All Star Game for four years (1983, 1984, 1985, and 1987). In 1984, Bill signed a five-year deal with the Pistons.

Although his reputation as a dirty player was cemented after he started several fights on the court, he had not punched anyone. The American nationality scored an average of 12.9 rebounds per game in the 1985-96 season.

In 1988 Bill and Piston reached the NBA final even after losing in the seven games against Los Angeles. With this, the Piston was known as “Bad Boys,” and Laimbeer’s dirty work towards his team.

Bill spent more than 14 years on the NBA, out of which he mostly played for Detroit Pistons.

Hence, Bill is considered the 19th player in league history to make more than 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds.

In the early 1993-1994 season, Bill decided to retire from the NBA. After he had problems with his back and knee, Laimbeer believed that he could not play at the professional level from now.

His last game was against the New Jersey Nets. Even after retiring from the Pistons, Bill often used to go into the Piston games.

In 1995, the Piston retired his Jersey number (40).

Life after Retirement

After retiring from the Piston, he founded his own company named “Laimbeer Packaging Corp.”

The company mostly made the boxes in a factory in Detroit and added another factory in Melvindale, Michigan, that made corrugated boxes.

Similarly, Bill runs the company along with other 240 employees and amounts to $60 Million.

Later on, he sold the factory in Detroit and then focused on manufacturing large boxes only. In October 2001, Bill left the business.

Coaching Career

After retiring from business, Bill returned to Detroit and began doing the television commentary for Pistons games. Later on, after a year, Bill was hired to be a special consultant for the Detroit Shock.

Before Bill, Greg Williams used to coach the Shock, but the result was not as expected under the supervision of Greg.

When Bill started coaching the Shock, the team greatly improved its game record under him.

Not only that, but a year later, he led the team to win its first WNBA championship, and Bill was named the Coach of the Year that year.

Bill During his Coaching Career
Bill, during his Coaching Career

Similarly, in 2008, the team was able to win the second and third WNBA championships against the Sacramento Monarchs and San Antonio, respectively.

Due to some family problems, Bill resigned from Detroit as a coach.

After Detroit, he was offered the position of an assistant coach position with the Minnesota Timberwolves team.

In 2012, Bill returned to WNBA to become the head coach and general manager of Liberty. Even after Liberty parted with Bill after two seasons, he was rehired as the head coach of Liberty in 2014.

Moreover, in October 2017, the Las Vegas Aces offered Laimbeer the position of the head coach and president of basketball operations.

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Coaching Record



  • NBA champion twice in 1989 and 1990
  • Four-times NBA All Star from 1983 to 1985 and in 1987
  • NBA rebounding leader in 1986
  • No. 40 was retired by Detroit Pistons
  • WNBA champion thrice in 20032006, and 2008 as a coach
  • Two-time WNBA Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2015
  • WNBA All Star Game Head Coach in 2019

Bill Laimbeer | Wife and Kids

The retired basketball player is a happily married man. Bill married his long-time girlfriend, Chris Laimbeer.

The alleged long-term couple tied the wedding knot at a private ceremony in the year 1979.

After some years of marriage, the couple was blessed with a daughter Kerlann Laimbeer and a son Eric Laimbeer.

Brill and his wife, Chris together
Brill and Chris together

Kerlann followed the footstep of her father and is a basketball player. She has played basketball from her sophomore year from 2006 to 2007 and her first year from 2005 to 2006.

Also, after attending Detroit Country Day school, she played four seasons of basketball.

She even helped her high school win three state championships (2002, 2003, 2004) and a state runner-up in 2001. Besides that, Kerlann was also named as a senior to the Associated Press All-State Te.

Moreover, she has also received fourth-team all-state honors as a senior from the Detroit Free Press.

Unfortunately, the information regarding Eric Laimbeer is not available at the moment. At present, it is seen that Bill is enjoying and living a lavish life with his family.

Also, there is no news or rumor of Bill’s separation or divorce from his wife, Chris Laimbeer.

Bill Laimbeer | Net Worth and Salary

Laimbeer has spent decades as a basketball player and coach. During this period, he has able to accumulate a huge amount of money.

Most of Laimbeer’s income comes from his basketball game and coaching career. He has been able to make a significant fortune in every field.

 Bill Laimbeer Net-Worth is estimated to be around $13 Million.

It comes no question that the basketball coach is a well-sought player of all time. With this, we can assume that Bill is quite a wealthy person.

Likewise, Bill is one of the highest-paid players on the Piston, where his average salary was 1.3 million

When in Detroit Pistons, the basketball player received different amounts of salary. For the year 1984-85, he received $500,000 and $630,000 in 1985-1989.

Likewise, the basketball player was paid $1,510,000 for the year 1990-1991. Bill received $1,369,000 and $1,319,000 for the year 1991-1992 and 1992-1993 respectively.

For the year 1993-1994, Bill was paid $1,300,000 by Detroit Pistons. Furthermore, his career earnings amount from the NBA amount to $8 million

Bill’s salary was no less than a six-digit figure annually after serving as a Las Vegas Aces head coach of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

At present, Bill is enjoying his life with his kids and wife. Unfortunately, the basketball coach has not revealed anything related to his personal assets, such as bank balance and other property.

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Social Media Presence

Bill has established himself to be a successful player and coach at the same time. This has led him to recognize himself around a mass of people.

He is becoming an inspirational source to many of his fans worldwide.

Since Bill Laimbeer is not active on any social media platform, we cannot provide the exact fan following of this basketball player.

However, he is seen on different sports news channels explaining most things about the basketball world.

Bill Laimbeer | FAQs

When did Bill retire from Basketball?

Bill officially retired from basketball in the 1993-94 season at the age of 36 when playing for Detroit Pistons.

What are the Jersey Numbers of Laimbeer?

Laimbeer donned jersey number 41 in Cavaliers and 40 with the Pistons. 

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