HoopsHype Eduardo Najera rumors

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes Eduardo Najera will make an excellent NBA coach. Najera is in his second season as the coach of the Texas Legends of the NBA D-league, but has aspirations of moving up to the NBA. "I think being in the D-League has given him great experience and he recognizes a lot of the elements of what it takes to be successful,'' Cuban said before Friday's Mavs-Miami Heat game. "He's open-minded, he's bright, he knows the game, he relates well to players, so he's definitely got a chance to be a great NBA coach. "I know that’s in his DNA and that’s what he wants.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Mexico’s Eduardo Najera, who officially retired Wednesday from professional basketball due to persistent injury problems, said he wants to bring an NBA franchise to his homeland in the near future. “The main goal, my goal that I’m dreaming about, is to bring an NBA franchise (to Mexico), maybe in five or 10 years. It’s a dream of mine, but it’s possible,” Najera, who wrapped up his 12-year career with the Charlotte Bobcats, said. “It something that’s difficult, but it’s not impossible. The NBA has its rules, but in the end this is a business and if Canada can do it, why not us? It would be a long process, for the future,” Najera said. Latin American Herald Tribune

The Texas Legends have named Eduardo Najera the first Mexican-born head coach under the NBA umbrella, pending NBA approval. Najera becomes the third head coach in Legends history, following former NBA Coach of the Year Del Harris, and basketball Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lieberman. Subject to NBA approval, Najera will also be a minority owner of the Legends, as well as hold a front office position with the Mavericks. Najera’s NBA career began with the Mavericks in 2000, after he became the first Mexican-born player to be drafted in NBA history. HoopsWorld

“I have the utmost respect for Eddie,” commented Legends Owner Donnie Nelson. “The work ethic he exhibited as a player, and his knowledge of the NBA game will serve him well in his role as Head Coach of the Legends. Whether coaching a rookie, or an NBA veteran, Coach Najera will have valuable insight for all of our players. I am equally excited to begin working with Eddie in a front office capacity with the Mavericks as he learns the management side of the game. I am proud to be able to call Eddie an ownership partner with the Legends.” HoopsWorld

August 21, 2012 Updates

Eduardo Najera is retiring from the NBA to become the head coach of the NBA D-League's Texas Legends, according to sources with knowledge of the decision. Sources told ESPN.com that Najera, although he has no significant coaching experience, has accepted the offer from Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations and Legends co-owner Donnie Nelson to take over from Del Harris as coach of the Mavs' D-League affiliate. ESPN.com

Najera also will have an ownership stake in the Legends, sources say, and likewise receive a to-be-determined title working under Nelson in the Mavericks' front office. Sources say Harris, who turned 75 in June, will return to his original role as Legends general manager and also mentor Najera as the 36-year-old makes the transition to coaching. ESPN.com

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