CHICAGO (AP) _ NBA Hall of Famer Dave Cowens was hired Thursday to coach and be the general manager of Chicago's expansion WNBA team.

Cowens, 57, a seven-time NBA All-Star who also coached in the league, said the challenge of launching Chicago's team in May 2006 drew him to the job.

``This seemed like an adventure, this seemed like something a little bit different, so I put it all together and decided this was the best thing for me to do,'' Cowens said.

Cowens played 10 of his 11 seasons with Boston, winning the MVP in 1973. In 1996 he was named one of the league's 50 greatest players.

He later coached the Charlotte Hornets (1996-99) and Golden State Warriors (2000-02).

The team also hired Doug Bruno, DePaul's women's coach, as a consultant, team president Margaret Stender said. She said the team's nickname will be announced in July.