Oct 4, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT
The Dallas Mavericks keep bringing in the big names to coach their D-League affiliate the Texas Legends.
Last season it was the first woman coach in the league, Nancy Lieberman. She decided to move up to the front office, so former NBA coach of the year Del Harris will step in, the team announced, the Dallas Morning News reports (Marc Stein of ESPN was first).
Harris, now 74, won 54.9 percent of his games in 14 years as a head coach in the NBA, was the 1995 Coach of the Year with the Lakers and has spent the last decade as an assistant coach for several NBA teams (including the Mavericks).
For a young team of players looking for a call up to the NBA, he can show them the path. If only there was an NBA season to be called up to. That said, Harris will have their attention. This is a good hire.
The Texans had tried to make a deal with deposed Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl, but that fell apart over money.
Yes, there will be a D-League season no matter what happens with the NBA lockout. However, with the potential of no call-ups to the NBA some of the top D-League talent has already signed in Europe.
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