Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Report: Pearl to Interview with D-League’s Texas Legends
Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl will interview on Thursday to become the head coach of the Texas Legends, the NBA D-League affiliate of the world champion Dallas Mavericks.
“When the world champions call you have to listen,” Pearl told Andy Katz of ESPN. “Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson have been great and I’m looking forward to talking to them.”
Pearl would replace Nancy Lieberman, who has moved into the front office.
“The job is [Pearl’s] if he wants it,” a source told ESPN.com.
Pearl was fired by Tennessee in March after he accumulated NCAA violations.
The NCAA has yet to hand Pearl a show cause barring him from coaching in college, but right now it is clear that no college program will touch him.
Pearl had previously been linked to the D-League’s Maine Red Claws.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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