The Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced they will be hosting their NBA affiliate the Houston Rockets for training camp and a preseason matchup against the Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder. The game will be held on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:30 pm.
Not only will Rio Grande Valley host training camp and a preseason game, they will also be the host of many other Rockets events, such as autograph sessions, an open practice and a VIP Reception and Casino Night hosted by the Vipers owners at their own home.
This will be a great honor for Rio Grande Valley and their fans. They will get first dibs at seeing the newest Rockets additions in action. Guys like Jeremy Lin will already have a lot of buzz surrounding him and the three rookies will have a lot to do to find playing time on such a packed roster. Omer Asik will get his first shot as the starting center and will have to prove that he can maintain it.
Statement from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers:
“Aside from NBA training camp, Rockets players and coaches will make several public appearances to meet with their local fans. The team’s first appearance will be at a Casino Night VIP Reception Thursday, Oct. 4at 7 p.m., held at the home of Vipers owners Alonzo and Yoli Cantu. Rockets coaches, players and front office personnel will be in attendance and serving as blackjack dealers for this VIP event. Tickets to the reception are $200 and may be purchased by calling the Vipers front office. On Friday, Oct. 5, Rockets Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons will visit Vipers Title Sponsor Lone Star National Bank, located at 520 East Nolana, McAllen, for an autograph signing from 2-3 p.m. The autograph signing is free and open to the public. That afternoon, Rockets players will also make an appearance at the Children’s Center at Renaissance to meet and sign autographs for pediatric patients.”