28 Teams In 28 Days: Meet The Texas Legends

By Jake Winderman | September 14, 2018

Team: Texas Legends

First Season: 2006-2007 (Colorado 14ers)

Affiliate: Dallas Mavericks

Location: Frisco, Texas

Arena: Dr. Pepper Arena

Head Coach: Bob MacKinnon

Former Franchise Names: Colorado 14ers (2006-2009)

Mascot: Dunker

2018-19 Finish: 16-34 (4th in Southwest)

Current Two-Way Players: Josh Reaves (Penn State) and Antonius Cleveland (Southeast Missouri State)

Notable Alumni: Lou Amundson, P.J. Tucker, Von Wafer, Eddie Gill, Damion James, Doron Lamb, Ricky Ledo, Fab Melo, Greg Ostertag, Delonte West, Yi Jianlian, Quincy Acy, Renaldo Balkman, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Gary Trent Jr., Ray Spalding, Daryl Macon

The Texas Legends organization debuted as the Colorado 14ers during the 2006-2007 NBA G League season. The 14ers were named after Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountain peaks, which are nicknamed 14ers. Colorado had an extremely successful three-year run in Broomfield, making the NBA G League Finals twice, winning it all in 2009 against the Utah Flash (Delaware Blue Coats).

In 2009, Donnie Nelson, a former Dallas Mavericks executive and son of former NBA head coach Don Nelson, purchased the 14ers and relocated the team to Frisco, Texas. Before the move to Texas, the 14ers had been affiliated with the Chicago Bulls (2006-2007), Toronto Raptors (2006-2008), New Jersey Nets (2006-2009) and Denver Nuggets (2006-2009). Following the move to Frisco, the 14ers were renamed the Texas Legends and affiliated themselves with the Dallas Mavericks.

Several former Texas Legends head coaches have made history on the bench. Nancy Lieberman, the Legends’ first head coach after moving to Texas, was the first female head coach of a men’s professional sports team. The following season, former NBA Coach of the Year and Space Jam star Del Harris was hired as head coach. After Harris left the Legends, Eduardo Najera coached the team from 2012-2015, becoming the first Mexican-born head coach in NBA history. After Najera, former NBA All-Star Nick Van Exel was hired as head coach. Finally, since 2016, Bob MacKinnon, the winningest coach in NBA G League history, has managed the team.

Along with their 16 All-NBA G League selections, the Legends have some pretty cool non-basketball traditions as well. For the sixth straight season, Texas will wear 24 different jerseys, making it seven years since they last wore a home uniform. Also for the seventh straight year, the Legends will hang a car from the rafters of Dr. Pepper Arena, giving away the the ride to one lucky fan.

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