Donnie Nelson thanks Rangers for D-Will pitch
The Dallas Mavericks, Williams' other suitor once free agency begins on Sunday, couldn't be as giving or else they'd face a stiff tampering fine from the office of David Stern.
So the Texas Rangers, Williams' favorite baseball team, took responsibility for letting the local lad who starred at The Colony High School know that the folks in North Texas didn't forget his birthday.
Apparently Darin' for Deron (darinforderon.com), the grassroots campaign to bring Williams home to the Mavs, made the Rangers aware that it was Williams' birthday and that it'd be nice to put a birthday wish on the giant outfield video screen. And so the Rangers did. The club put up a happy birthday Deron message with an added note: "Be A Maverick!"
It didn't go unnoticed by Donnie Nelson, the Mavs' president of basketball operations, who met with reporters Wednesday to discuss Thursday's NBA draft.
"Our friends up the street, the Rangers," Nelson said, "that was a very nice touch and very much appreciated."
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