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Texas Legends Set To Host Pre-Season Jamboree

FRISCO ®The Texas Legends will host nearly half the NBA D-League in its annual Texas Legends Preseason Jamboree a week before the regular season tips off. The Santa Cruz Warriors, Erie BayHawks, Tulsa 66ers, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Austin Toros will join the Legends for six games over three days in the November showcase.

The third annual showcase will include two games on Friday, Nov. 16, and three games on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Integrated Athletic Development (IAD) in Carrollton, Texas. The Legends and Warriors will face off in the showcase finale at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Okla., hosted by Choctaw Casino & Resort.

The Legends are thrilled to give six D-League teams a chance to get on the court and compete before the season starts,egends owner Donnie Nelson said. ╘he D-League is designed to give players a forum to develop and display their talents, and every opportunity to showcase those skills is a valuable one. This is a tremendous opportunity not only for the respective teams to get some game experience, but also for NBA personnel to get a jump on scouting the D-League talent early in the season./p>

With the NBA D-League season tipping off a week afterward, the preseason showcase will give teams a chance to evaluate players before making final roster cuts, develop chemistry and grow accustomed to coaching styles. With nine of the 16 NBA D-League teams welcoming new coaches ®including the Legends and Eduardo NŠjera ®the additional time on the court in a competitive atmosphere will be a welcome experiment before the games begin counting. "We realize it is quite a luxury to hit the road and play a game in the type of environment Choctaw will provide," Nelson said. "The closer our games are to a professional atmosphere, the better job we are doing in preparing our players for the NBA, and Choctaw will certainly give us a professional atmosphere."

Donations will be collected at Southeastern Oklahoma State University with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Fans spending the night at Choctaw Casino & Resort can receive a discounted room rate by asking for the Legends®rate code when they reserve their rooms at 888-788-3464. The Legends®rate code offer is valid from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18, 2012.

"We are very excited about partnering with the Texas Legends and having the ability for Choctaw Casino & Resort to bring this event to the area,"®Choctaw Casino & Resort Executive Director of Gaming Janie Dillard said. "This is an ideal partnership, as both the Texas Legends and Choctaw Casino & Resort are committed to providing a first-class entertainment experience. Everyone knows us as being a premier casino in the area, but this will allow the community to see that we offer so much more."

Each game will be 48 minutes long, just as they will be in the regular season. The complete showcase schedule is as follows:

DateTime (Central Time)Road TeamHome Team
Nov. 16 2 p.m. Austin Toros Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Nov. 16 4 p.m. Erie BayHawks Tulsa 66ers
Nov. 17 12 p.m. Rio Grande Valley Vipers Texas Legends
Nov. 17 2 p.m. Santa Cruz Warriors Tulsa 66ers
Nov. 17 4 p.m. Austin Toros Erie BayHawks
Nov. 18 1 p.m. Santa Cruz Warriors Texas Legends