Keri Laimbeer had a great influence on Bill Laimbeer’s coaching career.

The former Pistons Bad Boy coached his daughter’s AAU team in Michigan from ages 11-14. From that experience he learned to appreciate the women’s game.

“When I coached my daughter I realized women compete just as hard as the men” Laimbeer said in a recent ESPN TV interview. “And they’re fun to be around.”

It led to him becoming coach and general manger of the WNBA’s Detroit Shock. He won three titles with the team (2003 2006 and 2008).

“The WNBA is second to none” Laimbeer said. “It is played below the rim so they have to play with the fundamentals. The men can make up for mistakes with athleticism. The women have to be fundamentally sound to compete at the highest level.”

Laimbeer resigned from the Shock in 2009 but the coaching bug has landed him in New York where he is coach and general manager of the New York Liberty. The team is 10-13 and in fifth place in the East Conference.

“I don’t think I’m a trend-setter I’m just having fun doing what I’m doing” Laimbeer said. “My players know what I’m about. I’m on their side at all times and I’m about winning. In the women’s game you have to temper yourself a little bit but overall they know where I’m coming from and players appreciate that.’’