The Texas Legends are making a hard push to hire former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl to replace Nancy Lieberman as coach of the D-League franchise, according to NBA coaching sources.
Pearl told ESPN.com’s Andy Katz that he will interview with the team Thursday in Dallas.
“When the world champions call you have to listen,” Pearl said. “Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson have been great and I’m looking forward to talking to them.”
Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson heads the management team as Legends co-owner.
Sources told ESPN.com that there have been ongoing negotiations between the parties.
Said one source: “The job is [Pearl’s] if he wants it.”
Mark Stein calls it “a logical step for Pearl in his quest to break into the NBA,” while acknowledging Pearl’s viability as a college basketball analyst. Keep reading…