By: Terry Foster

Former Piston Bill Laimbeer appreciates the grass roots support for him to become Pistons coach. But he knew he had no chance of becoming Pistons coach as long as Joe Dumars remained at team President.

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It is a common refrain from former Bad Boys players. They believed that Dumars wanted to be the king of the Palace and he did not want any of his teammates involved. They were correct because Dumars never hired one of his former teammates. Instead Laimbeer coached the Detroit Shock and the New York Liberty of the WNBA and served as an assistant coach in the NBA.

But Laimbeer said at age 57 he believes the window of opportunity for him to become a head coach has come and gone.

He has left the Detroit area and is living in Florida where he relaxes and hunts.

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PITTSBURGH, OCTOBER 13, 2014 –DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S. based full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its 22nd store in Michigan and 591st store nationwide on Friday, October 24th at Macomb Mall in Roseville (32385 Gratiot Avenue).

DICK’S three-day grand opening celebration will run through Sunday, October 26th. The store opens at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

Former Detroit Pistons center Bill Laimbeer* will make an in-store appearance on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On Friday, the first 100 people in line will be eligible for a free Reebok Play Dry® T-Shirt. Guests who are in line at 7:45am on Friday will get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.**

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Saturday and Sunday giveaways include a free Mystery Gift Card from $5 to $500 for the first 100 adults in line. Guests who are in line at 7:45 a.m. Saturday and 8:45 a.m. on Sunday will also get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.**