Dallas Mavericks: Nancy Lieberman earns Coach of the Year in BIG3
By Kohl Rast
Nancy Lieberman, former head coach of the Texas Legends, has won the Coach of the Year award for the BIG3 league. Lieberman won the award over other coaches/legends across the league. The Texas Legends are the G-League affiliate team to the Dallas Mavericks.
The BIG3 is a really cool league that has been put together by Ice Cube and a few other people who wanted to give people the opportunity to see some of their favorite NBA players after they have retired from the game. Some of these players are part of the team, playing 3-on-3 half-court basketball, while some of the older (and more well known) players coach the teams.
The league is made up of eight teams. Among those eight teams, the coaches are Gary Payton, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Rick Barry, Rick Mahorn, Charles Oakley, George Gervin, Michael Cooper and Nancy Lieberman. Lieberman is in her first year as the coach of the team “Power” and has put together a 7-1 record with the number one seed. Her team won their semifinal matchup last week and will be playing tomorrow for the championship.
For those who don’t know, Nancy Lieberman is tied in with the Dallas Mavericks organization because she is a former head coach of the Texas Legends. Lieberman is also a former NCAA and WNBA standout and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.
Lieberman has spent many years playing and coaching professional basketball as she is currently an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings. Her time in Dallas was the catalyst to her moving up to a role with an NBA team. When she took the job as head coach of the Texas Legends, she was the first female to hold a head coaching position for a professional men’s basketball team.
Nancy Lieberman definitely earned the award for Coach of the Year in the BIG3 and fans of the game will look forward to seeing what she can do in the years to come. Congratulations on the award from all of your fans here in the Dallas area.