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Former Maverick Eduardo Najera to Retire and Coach Texas Legends

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Now he'll get to do this in a shirt and tie!  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Now he'll get to do this in a shirt and tie! (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Eduardo Najera (Eddie) was a fan favorite who served two stints in Dallas with the Mavericks. He's apparently announced his retirement, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, and he will become the head coach of the Texas Legends, Dallas' D-League affiliate. The first Mexican-born player to be drafted into the NBA, Najera would become the first Mexican-born coach in either the NBA or the D-League.

According to Stein's article:

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.

The article states that Najera will make the official announcement tomorrow (Wednesday) at a press conference in Mexico City. Eddie is a personal favorite of mine for his tenacity and willingness to fill whatever role was asked of him. I think he'll be a great addition to the staff and I wish him the best.