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This week seems to be the week of retirements as Eduardo Najera, the first Mexican-born player drafted in the NBA, retired Wednesday to become the coach of the NBA Development League’s Texas Legends.Najera was drafted 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 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, who are co-owned by Maverickspresident of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, and holding a front-office position with the NBA team. Najera shared this during his announcement:

“This is a dream come true,” said 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.”

Najera succeeds Del Harris as the Legends coach. Harris is still with the team as general manager. The Legends’ first coach two years ago was Nancy Lieberman, the first woman to coach a men’s pro team.

Look for Najera to make a string of appearances and speaking engagements as he is highly respected in the NBA community and Mexican Community.

If your company is interested in finding out booking fees and availability for an NBA Great like Eduardo Najera or other sports celebrities for a Corporate Appearance, Speaking Engagement, Product Endorsement Deal, Motivational Workshop or Coaching Clinic, call us at 1.888.246.7141 or fill out the booking form.

Watch Eduardo Najera Having a Good Time with Fans During an NBA Game:

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