The WNBA was founded in 1996. The Detroit Shock were one of the first expansoin teams - announced in 1997, they played their first game in 1998.
The Shock’s first coach was Nancy Lieberman, from 1998 to to 2000. Greg Williams took over for the 2001 campaign, and then Piston’s great Bill Laimbeer took over in 2002 and continues to coach to this day.
The Shock is a “sister” team to the Detroit Pistons, is owned by Pistons owner William Davidson, and plays in the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Shock were an average team until 2003, when Bill Laimbeer led them to their first WNBA title. They defeated the Los Angeles Sparks in a best 2 out of 3 series for the title. They would win again in 2006, beating the Sacremento Monarchs. in a best 3 out of 5 series.
2007 saw them lose in the WNBA finals to the Phoenix Mercury, 2 games to 3.
In 2008, they won the WNBA finals 3 games to 0 against the San Antonio Silver Stars.