Del Harris has a pretty ridiculous resume.
The press release of sorts on the Texas Legends website kinda broke those accomplishments up into short, choppy, emphatic sentences, designed to wow the reader into a true understanding of how awesome Harris really is, and mission accomplished as far as I’m concerned.
Here’s the intro paragraph if you don’t believe me, I’m sure it will have the same effect on you too.
From NBA.com / Texas Legends:
“1995 NBA Coach of the Year. NAIA Hall-of-Famer. Indiana Basketball Hall-of-Famer. Over 500 NBA wins in just 12 full seasons as head coach. Coached two World Championships, one Olympics, and other major FIBA tournaments with five different international teams, always finishing in the medal round with a gold and two bronze medals. In addition his Bayamon Puerto Rico Championship Club team won bronze and silver medals in the World Club Championships.”
Not bad, eh? I’d let the guy coach me in anything after reading that. Good for the Legends, who now feature the most decorated coach in D-League history stomping their sidelines.
Harris, who was and still will be the team’s GM too, spoke on the move back to the sidelines:
“Donnie caught me at the right time,” Harris commented. “I had just come back from a really exciting time coaching the Dominican Republic National team with John Calipari and his staff. We developed a group who had never won a medal in major FIBA event into a quality team and they were able to win the bronze in difficult circumstances. I look forward to helping others who come through our program as players and coaches.”
Lucky for Donnie. During his time in the NBA, Harris is credited for helping in the development of a list of notable NBA players which includes Moses Malone, Eddie Jones, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Yao Ming, and Derrick Rose as well as others.
Harris takes over for Nancy Lieberman, who was the Head Coach last season, as she moves into the role of Assistant General Manager with the organization. The Legends also employ Spud Webb as their President of Basketball Operations too, which is awesome – shout’s out to number four.