MEET EDUARDO

Eduardo Nájera
Eduardo NájeraGeneral Manager / Head Coach Texas Legends
Eduardo Nájera retired from the NBA in 2013 to become the first Mexican-born head coach in the NBA development league, General Manager, and minority owner of the Texas Legends front office job with the Dallas Mavericks.

Eduardo began his twelve year stint as a player in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks in 2000 following four years of play at Oklahoma University. He was the first Mexican-born player to be drafted in NBA history. Throughout his long, well paying NBA career, he was a leader on and off the court and known as a dependable member of the team and valued member of the locker room. The work ethic that Eduardo exhibited as a player transcended into keeping him on the court in a new capacity as head coach. His knowledge of the NBA game served him well in his first year as with D-League Texas Legends and provides great promise for a long-term future in the NBA. He’s the kind of well-respected asset a franchise would like to keep around long term.

His mission is simple: “To carry forward my passion of the game, competitive spirit, and will to win by coaching, mentoring, and leading a team of players. My philosophy is to develop not only great athletes, but great human beings through the game of basketball, which provides values, fundamentals, and lessons that can be used in every aspect of life.

When Eduardo is not coaching or playing in his free time, he dedicates the majority of his free time to his family & friends. He enjoys traveling, remaining active, dining, and helping others. He was the Honorary Chairman for St. Jude’s in 2013, hosted more than 300 basketball camps & clinics around the world, founded The Nájera League of Basketball in Mexico, now 30,000 boys & girls practicing the sport, launched Eduardo Nájera Foundation for Latin Achievement, participated in the basketball without borders tournament in Rio de Janiero Brazil and Mexico in 2009, and hosted various fundraising events.

AN AMAZING CAREER

High school Cornerstone Christian Academy
(San Antonio, Texas)
College Oklahoma (1996–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro career 2000–2012
Position Power forward / Small forward
Number 14, 21
As player:
2000–2004 Dallas Mavericks
2004–2005 Golden State Warriors
2005–2008 Denver Nuggets
2008–2010 New Jersey Nets
2010 Dallas Mavericks
2010–2012 Charlotte Bobcats
As coach:
2012–present Texas Legends
Chip Hilton Player of the Year (2000)
Third-team AP/NABC All-American (2000)
First-team All-Big 12 (2000)
Big 12 All-Defensive Team (2000)
Second-team All-Big 12 (1999)
Big 12 All-Freshman Team (1997)
Born July 11, 1976 (age 38)

Ciudad Meoqui, Chihuahua, Mexico

Nationality Mexican

Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)

Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)

My philosophy is to develop not only great athletes, but great human beings through the game of basketball, which provides values, fundamentals, and lessons that can be used in every aspect of life.

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Eduardo’s mission is simple: “To carry forward my passion of the game, competitive spirit, and will to win by coaching, mentoring, and leading a team of players. My philosophy is to develop not only great athletes, but great human beings through the game of basketball, which provides values, fundamentals, and lessons that can be used in every aspect of life.”