MIAMI -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes Eduardo Najera will make an excellent NBA coach.
Najera is in his second season as the coach of the Texas Legends of the NBA D-league, but has aspirations of moving up to the NBA.
"I think being in the D-League has given him great experience and he recognizes a lot of the elements of what it takes to be successful,'' Cuban said before Friday's Mavs-Miami Heat game. "He's open-minded, he's bright, he knows the game, he relates well to players, so he's definitely got a chance to be a great NBA coach.
"I know that’s in his DNA and that’s what he wants.''
Kaleb Canales, now an assistant with the Mavs, was the first Mexican-American head coach in the NBA when he was named the interim coach of the Portland Trail Blazers on Mar. 15, 2012 following the firing of Nate McMillan. Najera will be trying to become the NBA's first Mexican-American head coach who doesn't have the interim tag attached to his name.
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