Last month something big happened in the career of the Washington Generals most famous former player when Nancy Lieberman was named assistant GM of the Texas Legends.
For anyone who might not know (and if so you do NOT follow this blog) Nancy Lieberman is, among other things, the only woman who ever played for the Washington Generals. That is just a small mark on her resume however, as Lieberman has had the most storied career in sports out of anyone to ever don the green and gold.
In her long career Nancy was the youngest woman on the 1976 Women's Olympic basketball team, as well as a member of the 1980 team. Although she didn't play due to the boycott of the games that year.
Nancy has also been a member of the WBL's Dallas Diamonds. She played in the USBL, a mens basketball league, for two seasons and then became the only women player on the Washington Generals.
She was the oldest player in the WNBA at 39 when she played for the Phoenix Mercury. At 50 she broke her own record, when she signed a seven day contract with the Detroit Shock. Whom she also coached in 1998.
In 2009 Lieberman became the first women to coach an NBA team when she became a coach for the Texas Legend of the NBA's D-League.
Always one to break new ground, a new chapter in Nancy Lieberman's life is about to take shape. As Nancy has been made the new Assistant GM of the Texas Legends.
It's a position she has told reporters she moved to due to her son T.J. Cline (the son of Nancy and her ex-husband Tim Cline, also a former Washington General.) beginning his senior year in basketball at Plano West. Like any proud mother Nancy wanted to be able to attend the games, hence the new position.
We at this blog wish Lieberman the best in this new step of her amazing career.
Lieberman has said she hasn't ruled out returning to coaching in the future. I have often wondered if Lieberman wouldn't become the first coach in the NBA major league's level.
Maybe that isn't in the cards, that day is probably still many years away as it takes time for people in charge of something like the NBA to realize when convention is holding them back. But one day a woman will coach an NBA team and when it does it will be front runners like Lieberman who will be looked back on.
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The unlikely story of Nancy Lieberman continues—next stop: Assistant GM of the Texas Legends