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New York Liberty split with coach Bill Laimbeer; contract not renewed after 2 seasons

  • FILE - In this June 29, 2014, file photo, New York Liberty head coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer reacts on the bench during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Liberty have split with  Laimbeer. The WNBA team said Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014,  it didn't renew his contract.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

    FILE - In this June 29, 2014, file photo, New York Liberty head coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer reacts on the bench during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Liberty have split with Laimbeer. The WNBA team said Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, it didn't renew his contract. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2013, file photo, New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer reacts in the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Phoenix Mercury in Newark, N.J. The Liberty have split with  coach and general manager Laimbeer. The WNBA team said Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014,  it didn't renew his contract. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2013, file photo, New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer reacts in the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Phoenix Mercury in Newark, N.J. The Liberty have split with coach and general manager Laimbeer. The WNBA team said Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, it didn't renew his contract. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)  (The Associated Press)

The New York Liberty have split with coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer.

The WNBA team said Tuesday it didn't renew his contract.

The Liberty went 26-42 in Laimbeer's two seasons and missed the playoffs both years. The former Detroit Pistons star led the Detroit Shock to three WNBA titles as the team's general manager and coach from 2002 to 2009.

Allan Houston, the Knicks' assistant general manager who also oversees Liberty basketball operations, thanked Laimbeer for his "hard work and contributions."

Houston says the Liberty have "a loyal and passionate fan base" and the franchise will aim to "reach our ultimate goal of a WNBA championship."