McALLEN -- The

defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers

announced Monday that Hall of Famers Moses Malone

and Clyde Drexler are holding a free autograph

session at the Vipers Pro-Shop at Uptown Plaza (4500 N. 10th

"font-size: 9pt; font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;">Street) at 3:30

p.m. for the first 100 fans in attendance.

"font-size: 9pt; font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;">Malone and

Drexler will then attend the Vipers’ playoff game against the

Bakersfield Jam at 7:00 p.m. at State Farm Arena. It’s Game 2 of

the Quarterfinals and the Vipers must win to force a decisive Game

3 on Wednesday. Tickets start at $7 and can be purchased by calling

the Vipers at 972-1144 or online through Ticketmaster via

"http://rgvipers.com/">rgvipers.com. Doors open at 6:00. There

will be a free pre-game tailgate party in the parking lot, courtesy

of Pepper’s at Uptown and Budweiser, starting at 5:00

p.m.

"font-size: 9pt; font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;">Also in

attendance at the game will be the Red Rowdies, the official fan

spirit section of the Houston Rockets. It is the first visit by the

Red Rowdies to a Vipers home game. Several Red Rowdies cheered on

the Vipers when they visited the Austin Toros on February 10 and 12

at Cedar Park Center.

"font-size: 9pt; font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;">Rockets Hall of

Fame mascot Clutch the Bear and the Rockets Power Dancers will

perform as well.

"font-size: 9pt; font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;">Named one of the

NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time, Malone started his 18-year

NBA playing career with Buffalo in 1976 after spending two seasons

in the ABA. After two games with Buffalo, Malone began a six-year

stint as a member of the Houston Rockets. The three-time Most

Valuable Player led the league in rebounding (17.6) and minutes per

game (41.3) during the 1978-79 season. He also led the league in

rebounding every year from the 1980-81 season-through-the 1984-85

season.

"font-size: 9pt; font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;">Malone’s best

season was in 1981-82, when he led the league with 14.7 rebounds

and 42.0 minutes per game. He averaged a career-high 31.1 points

while shooting 51.9% from the field. He won his second MVP award

that year.

"font-size: 9pt; font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;">The 11-time NBA

All-Star led the Rockets to their first NBA Finals appearance in

1981. He averaged 26.8 points and 14.5 rebounds in 45.5 minutes of

action over the course of 21 playoff games.

"font-size: 9pt; font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;">Drexler was also

named one of the 50 greatest players of all-time. The ten-time NBA

All-Star played for 15 years, starting with the Portland Trail

Blazers in 1983. The University of Houston star was traded to his

hometown Rockets in 1995, where he helped to bring the Vipers’

parent club the second of their back-to-back NBA championships,

averaging 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game in the

four-game NBA Finals sweep of the Orlando Magic.

"font-size: 9pt; font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT;">For his career,

Drexler averaged 20.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per

game, including a career-best 27.2 points and 7.9 rebounds during

the 1988-89 season.

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