McGrady & Brooks Coming to RGV Rocket Launch Saturday!

Tracy McGrady (Photo Credit: Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty Images)

October 2, 2009

MCALLEN, TEXAS - The NBA D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that Houston Rockets stars Tracy McGrady and Aaron Brooks will be coming to the RGV Rocket Launch ahead of the rest of the team, making a special appearance during the awards ceremony for the 3-on-3 Tournament, NBA Live Tournament and Snake Pit Auditions at 5:30 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center on Saturday.

A seven-time All-Star, McGrady led the NBA in scoring during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. Entering his sixth season with the Rockets, McGrady has averaged 22.1 points per game during his career.

Brooks, who was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley during the 2007-08 season, averaged 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in two contests, both at Dodge Arena, for the Vipers. Brooks averaged 11.2 points and 3.0 assists per game for the Rockets during the regular season before scoring 16.8 points and dishing out 3.4 assists per game during the playoffs.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. 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. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.