Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 11/17/14
78798951

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 disagree.

 

So Najera now exits stage left as a villain and not only will he become the Legends coach, but he is also now a minority owner of the team and will hold a front office position with the Mavericks.

Najera will be stepping into some big shoes. He takes over a position that was recently held by Nancy Lieberman and Del Harris.

After being a rival to the Spurs throughout his career, Najera will be in a similar situation with the Legends being the rival of 2012 D-League Champion Austin Toros, who are the Spurs' affiliate.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lightning reach Stanley Cup Final with Game 7 win

Devon Still: Daughter has complications with transplant

Rivers denies report of problems with CP3 and Jordan

Orlando Magic hope Skiles can right sinking ship

Falcons waive Shembo over animal cruelty charges

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Tom Brady’s suspension appeal hearing set for June 23

Peterson is wrong (sorta): NFL players have great power

Scout: A-Rod 'looks like he doesn't give a (expletive)'

Belichick mum on Deflategate in first remarks since discipline

Dwight Howard suspended for first game of 2015-16 season

Bucs veterans missing Jameis while he's at rookie symposium

WATCH: Josh Hamilton hits first two homers of the season

Did Andrew Bogut take a shot at Mark Jackson?

$70 million Reebok deal is bad for UFC fighters

If the Warriors win the NBA title, the parade will be for Oakland

SEC no longer allows transfers with 'serious misconduct' issues

Klay Thompson officially diagnosed with concussion

Snoop Dogg hooks Texas A&M up with adidas cleats

WATCH: Stephen Curry rides a mini-horse

Metta World Peace gets ejected after five fouls in one minute

On satellite camps and the SEC crying over its self-protections

Four NFL quarterbacks set to take a step back in 2015

Spelling Bee co-champ wears LeBron jersey under shirt

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Lightning reach Stanley Cup Final with Game 7 win

Devon Still's daughter has complications with transplant

$70M Reebok deal is bad for UFC fighters

If the Warriors win the title, the parade will be for Oakland

Peterson is wrong (sorta): NFL players have great power

Dwight Howard suspended for first game of 2015-16 season

Four QBs set to take step back in 2015

Spelling Bee co-champ wears LeBron jersey under shirt

Top 10 stories from 2015 NBA Playoffs

Rangers-Lightning Game 7 preview

The can't-miss Prince Fielder

Chip Kelly: Tebow is a quarterback

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.