Lieberman named coach of BIG3's Power

Basketball legend Nancy Lieberman will take over as coach of the Power, the BIG3 league announced on Wednesday.

She'll be replacing former NBA great Clyde Drexler on the sideline.

Lieberman, a Hall of Famer as a player, was an assistant coach for the NBA's Sacramento Kings from 2015-17. In 2009, she became the first woman to coach a men's professional sports team when she coached the D-League's Texas Legends.

In the BIG3, she'll coach a team of former NBA players Cuttino Mobley, DeShawn Stevenson and Corey Maggette.

She says she's been texting with Mobley, the team captain, and feels comfortable she'll be accepted.

"They know I'm a woman, trust me," she joked, per ESPN. "But they know the résumé and that I'm qualified to do what I'm doing. I feel that way. I'm not afraid."

She played in the WNBA's inaugural season in 1997 with the Phoenix Mercury, then took over as general manager and head coach of the Detroit Shock the following season.

Lieberman became an analyst after three years with the Shock, but did return to the team as a player for a week in 2008. At 50 years old, she broke her own record for being the WNBA's oldest player.

The BIG3 is a 3-on-3 league founded by rapper/actor Ice Cube.

The league's second season tips off on June 22 and runs 10 weeks.

--Field Level Media

03/21/2018 12:15

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