Former Cornerstone star Najera retires, will coach in D-League

Eduardo NajeraFormer San Antonio high school sensation Eduardo Najera retired on Wednesday and will move on to positions with the Dallas Mavericks and their D-League affiliate Texas Legends.

Najera, who graduated from high school in Mexico before moving to Cornerstone Christian Academy in San Antonio to learn English and attract college coaches, became a big-name player at the University of Oklahoma. 

Najera became the first Mexican player to be drafted into the NBA in 2000 by the Dallas Mavericks. Najera, who was a San Antonio favorite and a player most Spurs fans wanted to be drafted here before he was scooped up by the rival Mavs, quickly flipped the script and became a pesky, and sometimes dirty defender who was often called on to defend Tim Duncan in his many NBA stops.

Tim Duncan famously said Najera entered a game with the Mavs once just to hurt Manu Ginobili, and after getting a flagrant foul call and being ejected in his first minute of the game, not many Spurs fans would disagree.

 

So Najera now exits stage left as a villain and not only will he become the Legends coach, but he is also now a minority owner of the team and will hold a front office position with the Mavericks.

Najera will be stepping into some big shoes. He takes over a position that was recently held by Nancy Lieberman and Del Harris.

After being a rival to the Spurs throughout his career, Najera will be in a similar situation with the Legends being the rival of 2012 D-League Champion Austin Toros, who are the Spurs' affiliate.

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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