|UTB/TSC To Host ABA Professional Basketball Game Oct. 16|
Brownsville will host a professional basketball game when two American Basketball Association teams -- the Texas Fuel and the West Texas Whirlwinds -- meet at the Manuel Garza B. Gymnasium at 6 p.m. Sunday, October 16.
The game is believed to be the second ABA exhibition game ever in Brownsville, after the first one in the 1970s at the same location.
George Hill, formerly of the San Antonio Spurs and now a member of the Indiana Pacers, will participate in the game as a member of the Fuel if the NBA lockout is still in place by that date.
"We are very pleased to have George as part of the Texas Fuel while the NBA lockout continues," Texas Fuel General Manager Marlon Minifee said. "He is a great player and a terrific young man who has done so much for the community. I know we will miss seeing him play for the San Antonio Spurs, but we are excited about his being able to return home to Indianapolis when the NBA resumes play. For now, he will add so very much to our team with his skills and leadership."
Hill hosted camps for children during visits to Brownsville in 2010 and 2011.
Adult tickets for the game are $10, and tickets for children 13 years of age and under are $5.
The ABA was considered the "outlaw" professional basketball league in the 1970s with its red, white and blue basketball that adopted the three-point shot. ABA franchises used to be located in San Antonio, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Charlotte/Greensboro, Louisville, Norfolk and Denver. The league featured such stars as George "Iceman" Gervin, Artis Gilmore, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, and Moses Malone.
The 2011 ABA season will begin in late November with more than 80 teams, making it the largest professional sports league in the U.S.