Charlotte Bobcats Throwback: Eduardo Najera

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Eduardo Najera is a name that is seldom heard by any NBA fans today, and especially fans of the Charlotte Bobcats.

This is most likely due to his short time in Charlotte. Najera was drafted with the 38th pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, and you have to go all the way to the last two years of his career to see him play a game with the Cats. It wasn’t really the most memorable stay due to his limited contributions. On July 10, 2010, a then 34-year-old Najera was acquired with Matt Caroll  and Erick Dampier from the Dallas Mavericks for then Bobcats Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca.

The Mexican-born forward began his short career with the Cats in the 2010-11 season as he played in a small total of only 31 games. After over a decade of playing time under the belt, I think Charlotte wasn’t expecting more than small contributions from the aging bench contributor in the final years of his career.

Over the course of two seasons with the Bobcats and only 53 games on the court, Najera retired after 2012 at the age of 36 in his 14th NBA season. The seasoned veteran was only a small factor in his final two years in the league with the Cats as he only averaged 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in about 12 minutes a game.

After 14 years in the NBA, Najera was instantly named the head coach of the D-League’s Texas Legends. It was a short career in Charlotte, and one many fans can’t even seem to remember.

Daniel Carney covers the Charlotte Bobcats for rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_jcarney, subscribe to him on YouTube where he talks sports, and add him on Google+.

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