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Slow down on the Bruce Pearl/Mavs hype; it's the D-League

Bruce-pearl Even when the NBA is in a lockout and there is absolutely no news to speak of, the Mavs create a headline. For that they deserve a 'well done'.

The story that the former University of Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl will talk to the Mavs about becoming the head coach of the Texas Legends D-League team is nothing more than a note unless it's Bruce Pearl.

The guy knows how to create him some media, and he did so long before he got in the hottest of hot water with the NCAA that led to his dismissal from Tennessee. 

We're talking about the D-League. Do you even know where the Texas Legends play? Frisco.
Do you know who coached them last season? According to their website, Nancy Lieberman. Insert your own degrading, sexist comment here.

Some of the head coaches in this league last season were ...
Brad Jones (Austin Toros)
Will Voigt (Bakersfield Jam)
Rory White (Dakota Wizards)
Jay Larranaga (Erie Bayhawks)

You get the point. I don't know any of them, either. This is a foot-in-the-door league.

Pearl is in the same situation as former Oklahoma and Indiana men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson found himself in a few years ago. He had damaged the programs at both schools so extensively with various NCAA infractions that he had no choice but go to the pros as an assistant coach; he's now on the Bucks staff.

Update: The Bucks' website still has Sampson on their staff, but thanks to Mavs play-by-play man and The Big Mac Blog reader, the iconic Chuck Cooperstein, he has informed through Facebook (Coop is on Facebook??!!!) that Sampson is on the Rockets' staff now.

No college program is going to touch Sampson for a long time, and Pearl is the same type of damaged goods.

Coaching a D-League team is a gig, but let's not kid ourselves into making this into something that it isn't.

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