Posted by Art Garcia
LAS VEGAS — Nancy Lieberman has seen and done just about everything there is to do in basketball. The Hall of Famer and groundbreaking head coach of the new D-League Texas Legends went back to school somewhat during Summer League.
Lieberman talked technique and teaching philosophy with coaches and executives from around the NBA. She scouted players, keeping an out potential fits for the Legends. The experience proved enlightening.
“It’s amazing the fraternity of coaches, and how willing and wanting they are for you to be successful,” said Lieberman, the first female coach of men’s professional basketball team. “I have rolodex of cards in front of me. Mitch Kupchak: ‘What do you need?’ Ronnie Rothstein: ‘What do you need?’
“It’s been great.”
Lieberman has been impressed by the level of talent and can’t wait to start working with it in a few months. The Legends don’t have any players yet.
“I need to be familiar with what they do well,” she said. “It’s the Summer League; guys are working on their games. Some are trying to prove they can play. Some are trying to get guaranteed money. Some are trying to establish themselves in Europe.
“No matter what happens, in November we’ll have a group of players and we will coach them with our philosophy and how we create our culture.”
The Legends, co-owned by Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson, begin play this fall in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. The franchise is already off to a good start, having sold more than 13,000 tickets for its inaugural season.