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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-born head coach under the NBA umbrella. The deal also includes Najera becoming a minority owner of the Legends and holding a front-office position with the Mavericks.
The Legends' first coach two years ago was Nancy Lieberman, the first woman to coach a men's pro team.
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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...
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.
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