ROCKETS TO HOST THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS IN ROCKET LAUNCH 2014

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MCALLEN, Texas, June 18, 2014 – The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the NBA Development League single-affiliate of the Houston Rockets, today announced that the Rockets will return to the RGV for Rocket Launch 2014. Houston will host the Golden State Warriors Sunday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at State Farm Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 27 and will be available at the Vipers Pro Shop in Uptown Plaza or at Ticketmaster.com.

“The Vipers are excited to host our fourth Rocket Launch to kick off the 2014-15 season,” Vipers president Bert Garcia said. “Once again, we look forward to bringing NBA entertainment to the RGV when the Rockets and Warriors hit the hardwood at State Farm Arena.”

Rocket Launch 2014 will include the Houston Rockets training camp at the Vipers’ new practice facility in Edinburg, along with community events and the preseason exhibition game featuring the Rockets and Warriors. Training camp and community event details will be announced in the coming months.

“We are thrilled to return to The Valley this fall to spend time in the community and play a preseason game against one of the Western Conference’s most exciting teams, the Golden State Warriors,” said Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey.

The Rockets last visited the Rio Grande Valley on Oct. 17, 2012 when they hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder. Previously, Houston also hosted the Orlando Magic in 2010 and the Boston Celtics in 2009.

Tickets for Rocket Launch 2014 start as low as $45. For more information about Rocket Launch 2014 tickets or RGV Vipers 2014-15 season tickets, contact the Vipers at 956-972-1144.

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.