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Land of the Bad Boy

After the Will Ferrell movie Land of the Lost tanked at the box office last week, we decided that it was better to let sleeping dogs lie and shelved a post about Bill Laimbeer (details on what he has to do with the movie in a moment) being responsible for the rejuvenation of the 1970s television series as a blockbuster summer flick.  However, now that he’s back in the newsosphere with his rumored resignation as coach of the WNBA’s Detroit Shock, it’s a good a time as any to trot him back out.

Bill Laimbeer, Sleestak star

Bill Laimbeer, Sleestak star

Laimbeer has had a long career in basketball, winning championships both as a player and a coach.  Biography Resource Center has two full-length bios on Laimbeer, but we’re giving some thought to adding him to Contemporary Film, Theatre and Television. Why? Laimbeer, master of the sneer, the shove, the ringleader (along with his Shock assistant coach, Rick Mahorn — we have a Contemporary Black Biography narrative on him) of the grit-and-guts Detroit Bad Boys, the man who had his own video game called “Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball,” was a Sleestak.

A Sleestak! And he happily admits it. Heck, apparently he didn’t break the Sleestak mold, he made the Sleestak mold.

“I was the original Sleestak because the costumes were molded out of my body,” said Laimbeer, whose 6-foot-11 frame was what the producers wanted.

It is unknown what’s next for Laimbeer (perhaps an NBA coaching job at long last?), but he’s accomplished far more than most of us can ever hope to. Except for that lack of a hit movie, but nobody’s perfect.

UPDATE: Laimbeer has officially resigned as both coach and general manager of the Shock; Mahorn has been tapped as the new head coach of the team.

Source: Detroit Free Press, June 6, 2009.

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Posted on: June 15, 2009, 11:21 am Category: Factoids Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,

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