By LARRY GAGE
Former college and professional basketball star Nancy Lieberman is on South Padre Island this week for the NBA Development League Showcase. She is the head coach of the league’s newest team, the Texas Legends, who play their home games in Frisco, located just north of Dallas. Lieberman is the first female head coach in a mens’ professional basketball league. I caught up with this hoops Hall of Famer at the South Padre Island Convention Centre last Sunday afternoon after a team practice session.
What does it mean to you to be the coach of this team?
“It means I get a chance to share the game that I love and hopefully impart some wisdom for young men.”
And can you do the job as well as a man?
“Why shouldn’t I? I’ve invested my life into this game. I’ve played at every level.”
Have your players accepted you?
“From day one there have been no problems. And I don’t have a problem with them being male.”
Lieberman was a three-time Kodak All-American player at Old Dominion University (Va.) from 1978 to 1980. She was twice awarded both the Wade Trophy and the Broderick Award as the best women’s college player in the game. The Lady Monarchs won the AIAW national championship in 1979 and 1980.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Jan. 13 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press.