Eduardo Najera is about to make NBA history -- pending league approval, of course. The D-League's Texas Legends have named Najera their new head coach, making him the first Mexican-born head coach in any of the NBA's leagues.
Najera, predictably, is excited about the opportunity.
"This is a dream come true," commented Najera. "I have long wondered what would be in store for me when I hung up the basketball playing shoes, and this is the perfect opportunity for my post-playing career. The chance to develop as a coach, while also assisting Mark (Cuban) and Donnie with the Mavs, is an ideal situation. I am thankful to have individuals such as Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson, and Del Harris by my side as individuals to lean on for advice."
Legends owner and Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson is excited, as well.
"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."
Najera has also been added as a minority owner of the Legends.