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Former San Antonio high school sensation Eduardo Najera retired on Wednesday and will move on to positions with the Dallas Mavericks and their D-League affiliate Texas Legends.
Najera, who graduated from high school in Mexico before moving to Cornerstone Christian Academy in San Antonio to learn English and attract college coaches, became a big-name player at the University of Oklahoma.
Najera became the first Mexican player to be drafted into the NBA in 2000 by the Dallas Mavericks. Najera, who was a San Antonio favorite and a player most Spurs fans wanted to be drafted here before he was scooped up by the rival Mavs, quickly flipped the script and became a pesky, and sometimes dirty defender who was often called on to defend Tim Duncan in his many NBA stops.
Tim Duncan famously said Najera entered a game with the Mavs once just to hurt Manu Ginobili, and after getting a flagrant foul call and being ejected in his first minute of the game, not many Spurs fans would ...
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Eduardo Najera (NAH'-hur-ah), the first Mexican-born player drafted in the NBA, has retired to become the coach of the NBA Development League's Texas Legends.
Najera was picked by Houston in the second round in 2000. He played 12 NBA seasons with Dallas, Golden State, Denver, New Jersey and Charlotte.
The Legends said Wednesday that Najera will now be the first Mexican...
Eduardo Najera, who is the first Mexican-born player drafted in the NBA retired yesterday. But his participation in the NBA won’t stop there, Najera is now the new head coach of the Texas Legends. Najera had this to say about his recent transition:
”This is a dream come true…I have long wondered what would be in store for me when I hung up the basketball playing shoes, and...
Eduardo Najera will take over form Del Harris as head coach of the Legends and will also have an ownership stake.
File photo.Last week, Deadspin’s Tommy Craggs wrote a fantastic response to Sports Illustrated’s Thomas Lake, who penned a scathing, fart-sniffing letter to Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan about what he supposedly owed his former high school basketball coach, Pop Herring, who suffers from a mental illness, among other things. You can read Lake’s humongous pat on the...