Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman agreed to join the BIG3 Leader, adding prestige to the tournament that is growing by the minute.
Leiberman will take over the coaching duties for team Power since the previous head coach, Clyde Drexler, agreed to a three-year deal to become the commissioner of the league after Roger Mason Jr. was fired reportedly due to corruption issues.
“There’s a reason I played at 39 in the inaugural season of the W.N.B.A. and came back at 50 in 2008,” Lieberman said. “It’s not because I didn’t have anything to do. It’s because I loved the game.”
Nobody is refuting that Lieberman is a winner. She’s actually the first female coach in the NBA’s Developmental League when she led the Texas Legends, and she was also a female assistant coach in the NBA when he worked with George Karl for the Denver Nuggets.
She also has a huge passion for the game, which is why she stepped out of retirement to play for the Detroit Shock at the ripe age of 50. If anything, Leiberman can relate to the players in the BIG3 tournament since these are players who have retired from the NBA.
Apparently, her interest in the tournament was sparked when Rick Barry asked her to watch some of the games in Dallas. The former Golden State Warriors guard even asked Lieberman to sit as her assistant coach.
“We are athletes. We are born and bred to compete,” Lieberman said. “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.”
Ice Cube, for his part, said that inviting Lieberman to coach a team in the BIG3 is a no-brainer.
“She was a helluva player and she’s a helluva coach,” he said. “Nancy’s a winner, and I expect her to win in this league,” he said.