Eduardo Najera has been named coach of the Texas Legends, a D-League team affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks. The hiring makes him the first Mexican-born head coach under the NBA umbrella.
Najera was the first Mexican-born player to be drafted in NBA history when he was selected by Houston in the second round in 2000. He played 12 seasons with Dallas, Golden State, Denver, New Jersey and Charlotte, averaging a career 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds.
Najera retired Wednesday to take his new role in the coaching ranks. Subject to NBA approval, he will also be a minority owner of the Legends and hold a front-office position with the Mavericks.
"This is a dream come true," he told reporters. "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."