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Nancy Lieberman excited about role as Thunder studio analyst

Former coach of Texas Legends still hopes to coach in NBA

BY MEL BRACHT Staff Writer Published: November 4, 2012
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Nancy Lieberman Thunder studio analyst

Lieberman’s basketball knowledge is unquestioned. As a point guard at Old Dominion, Lieberman earned the nickname “Lady Magic,” a nod to Earvin “Magic” Johnson, as she set a school record for career assists (961). Her playing career included stints in a men’s pro league and the WNBA, where as a 50-year-old she played one game with the Detroit Shock in 2008. A longtime basketball analyst for ABC and ESPN, she also has a long history with Fox Sports Southwest, dating to the 1980s.

“They were one of the first ones to give me an opportunity to do men’s college basketball,” she said. “I am grateful to the folks at Fox, but I am over the moon to be able to do this and be a part of the Thunder broadcast team.”

Lieberman said she is impressed with the Thunder franchise, including general manager Sam Presti and chairman Clay Bennett.

“There is a lot of humility in the organization,” she said. “They have a different picture than a lot of people. They are very entrenched in the community. They are very mindful of the young men who are a part of their philosophy and how they handle things. Winning is very, very important, but how you win is important. They are all in. They do have superstars, but in a team concept. Kevin (Durant) understands that he can’t do it by himself. Russell (Westbrook) can’t do it by himself. Clay can’t do it by himself. It takes great pieces and teamwork around you to have a solid organization. Their community and their fans are in lock step with them, and I dig that.”

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