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They don't call her “Lady Magic” for nothing. Known for her crafty and creative ability to drop dimes to her teammates, Nancy Lieberman knows how to lead a squad to victory on the court. Now she's in the position to do that off the court, this time in the most unique pro leagues people wouldn't have seen her be apart of. The little lady from the Far Rockaway section of New York has decided to come back to the pro hoops game to make history once again.
Today, the Hall of Famer has accepted the position to become the head coach of Team Power, an 3-on-3 squad that is apart of the newly functioned BIG3 organization which is ran by Ice Cube. Nancy will replace Clyde Drexler, who has been promoted to league commissioner and will become the first female ever to be named head coach of an all male professional sports team. This isn't her first time becoming involved in a coaching staff with the big boys in basketball. Lieberman had previously been the head coach of the Texas Legends of the D-League, making her the first woman to coach a men's professional sports team. She later became one of the assistant coaches of the Sacramento Kings in 2015.
Credit NBA legend Rick Barry with the assist on attracting Nancy to the BIG3 as he would invite her to games whenever they was near hometown of Dallas. He would eventually suggested she sit on the bench with him as an assistant coach. As a former player who hooped professionally during her latter stages of her career between the ages of 39 & 50, she can connect with some of the ballers who are partaking in the league who felt that they still got something left in the tank.
“We are athletes. We are born and bred to compete.That's what we know, and as long as we can still play at a high level, I think it's great Ice Cube has given us this platform.” said the history making trailblazer. The young lady who career assist record still stands at her alma mater of Old Dominion University will be coaching some players who have solid careers in the NBA. Sharpshooter Cuttino Mobley, high flyer Corey Maggette and lockdown defender DeShawn Stevenson are amongst the BIG3 participants who will be suiting up for the Power. She currently is the play-by-play analyst for the New Orleans Pelicans. But don't worry fans, there will be enough time for her to get her squad ready for a championship run as opening night begins on June 22 at the Toyota Center in Houston.