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Rockets taking over Vipers

Updated: June 30, 2009, 9:31 AM ET
Associated Press

McALLEN, Texas -- The Houston Rockets are taking over basketball operations of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in what it says is the first partnership of its kind with an NBA Developmental League team.

The move will give the Rockets control over the players assigned to the D-League team and the final say on staff hirings, coaching decisions and even the schemes used in games. But the Vipers will still be locally owned by a group headed by Alonzo Cantu, and the group will continue to oversee ...

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