William Laimbeer Jr
- Category : Business-Entrepreneur
- Type : GE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Contagion 2
American athlete, a forward with the NBA Detroit Pistons from 1982-1993. Laimbeer was considered one of the league's finest centers despite his nicknames as "the prince of darkness," "a street thug," "an ax murderer" and "His Heinous." He was often booed and jeered on court because of his willingness to throw an elbow, pretend to be fouled, indulge in angry shenanigans to invoke his opponent's ire.
He was drafted into the NBA in 1979, joining the Cleveland Cavaliers. Later in 1979 he played for a season in Italy. In 1982 he was traded to Detroit and became the Pistons' all-time leader in rebounds and second in games played. As "head villain," he led the "Bad Boys" of Detroit to back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. Laimbeer once told Sports Illustrated, "I don't fight. I agitate, then walk away." In his career, he was a four-time NBA All-Star (1983, '84, '85, '87)
Laimbeer attended high school in California and graduated from Notre Dame.
He retired from basketball in 1993 and in 1994 he, his father and his two sisters purchased a company now known as Laimbeer Packaging Co in Melvindale, MI. Laimbeer learned about the business from his father and became president and chief executive officer.