Texas Rangers: Donnie Nelson
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."
Joining the famous faces of Mike Modano, Mark Cuban, Bradie James, DeMarcus Ware, Donnie Nelson, Everson Walls, Jason Witten and Dave Annabel, among others, will be none other than the Larry O'Brien Trophy, the NBA's championship trophy won by the 2011 Dallas Mavericks. In lieu of playing in the game, the trophy will stick around and pose with fans for pictures.
Tickets are $5, $7, $12 and $15 and are on sale at Ticketmaster.com (1-800-745-3000) or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Will call will open at 10 a.m. on July 9. Tickets also will be available at the door.
Money raised from the game will benefit the children's charities of The Heroes Foundation and The Mike Modano Foundation.
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