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Eduardo Najera Named Mavericks D-League Coach After Retirement

Former Mavericks player Eduardo Najera has been named the coach of their D-League affiliate.

March 7, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Eduardo Najera (21) drives past Utah Jazz forward center Derrick Favors (15) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE
March 7, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Eduardo Najera (21) drives past Utah Jazz forward center Derrick Favors (15) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Former Dallas Mavericks player Eduardo Najera will be taking on a role with the franchise, or at least the minor league version of the franchise, after announcing his retirement. It was announced on Wednesday that Najera will be taking over the coaching duties of the Mav's D-League team, the Texas Legends:

Following a season that saw him need knee surgery and skull surgery (to repair a fracture) Eduardo Najera has decided to retire as a player and next season will be the coach of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Najera played for the Mavs from 2000 to 2004 and arrived for another stint with the team in 2009/2010. The Mexican born player turned coach had most recently played in 22 games for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2011/2012, where he averaged just over 12 minutes per game until a knee and head injury sidelined him for good. He will be the first ever Mexican coach in the NBA or D-League.

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