Gianluca Pascucci Named GM of the Vipers



November 5, 2013

MCALLEN, Texas – The Houston Rockets and NBA Development League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers today announced that Gianluca Pascucci has been named General Manager of the Vipers. Pascucci previously spent the 2012-13 season as the Assistant General Manager of Rio Grande Valley.

Currently, Pascucci is in his second stay with the Houston Rockets, returning as Director of Player Personnel for the 2012-13 season. His previous stint with Houston was as an international scout for six seasons (2002-08). Pascucci was responsible for scouting assignments of international players overseas, as well as assisting in coordination of all Rockets staff travel during overseas scouting trips.

Pascucci rejoins the Rockets after spending the previous four years with Olimpia Milano, with his most recent position as the team’s General Manager and CEO. He also possesses over 12 years of international coaching experience, including as an assistant coach with Scavolini Pesaro’s senior team in the Italian A-1 League and Euroleague. Along with his coaching background, Pascucci spent several years scouting for Scavolini Pesaro.

Born in Pesaro, Italy, Pascucci studied at the University of Ancona.

The defending NBA Development League Champion RGV Vipers will open the 2013-14 season on the road at Los Angeles on Nov. 23, followed by a road game at Bakersfield on Tuesday, Nov. 26. For more information about the RGV Vipers 2013-14 season and season ticket information, call the Vipers or visit www.rgvipers.com.

About the RGV Vipers and NBA Development League
The two-time champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The Vipers won the NBA Development League Championship in 2010 and 2013. In 2013, the Vipers were also named the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 14 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.