There was plenty of hype for the home opener of the Texas Legends, the newest team to join the fraternity of professional sports teams in DFW. They are the NBA D-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks and play at Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco. Prior to the game, Legends owners Donnie Nelson and Evan Wyly, GM Del Harris, head coach Nancy Lieberman and President of Basketball Operations Spud Webb were introduced to the crowd. Josh Abbott sang the national anthem and the highly anticipated event was under way.
The over 3,000 fans that included Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, head coach Rick Carlisle, Mavs legend Mark Aguirre, Mavs players Shawn Marion, Jason Terry and Roddy Beaubois and several members of the LFL's Dallas Desire were treated to a historic night. The Legends put up a league-record 84 points in the first half! At one point they lead by 41 points over the visiting Austin Toros.
My pal Linda Brenner and I enjoyed our Nutty Bavarian almonds as we sat on the front row between the scorer's table and the Toros bench, directly across from Mark Cuban. I must say, this is the way to watch a pro basketball game! The action is so fast-paced when you are mere inches from the playing court. And I must say, the Texas Legends are really good. They have a star-studded lineup with six former NBA first round picks including Antonio Daniels, Joe Alexander and Rashad McCants. Dominique Jones, the Mavs first round pick this year was also recently assigned to the Legends.
Since it is in Frisco, you know there were more than a few beautiful girls in the crowd to make it a good scene. But another really cool part about this fan-friendly event was how the fans were allowed out on the court after the 135-112 victory for autographs and pictures with the players. The most sought after picture was with 7'4 center Moussa Seck. The fact that the Legends are so talented and put on such a entertaining show -- it really felt like a Mavericks game complete with the Texas Legends Dancers -- means I'll be making the short trek up the North Dallas Tollway to attend many more games.
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