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Thunderbirds Start the New Year on the Road

December 31, 2008 - NBA G League (G League) - New Mexico Thunderbirds News Release

Albuquerque, NM - December 30, 2008 - The Albuquerque Thunderbirds (Tbirds) begin 2009 on the road with two games against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on January 2 and 3, and then participate in the NBA D-League Showcase in Orem, UT, with games on January 5 and 7, 2009.

The Vipers are 6-8 in the Southwestern Division this season, and are 1-0 against the Tbirds. In the NBA D-League Showcase, the Tbirds will play the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Monday, January 5 at 11:00am MST, this is considered a home game, and the Erie BayHawks on Wednesday, January 7 at 4:30pm MST. Both teams are in the Central Division. The Skyforce are 9-4 and the BayHawks are 8-7. The Tbirds have not played either of these teams this season.

The annual NBA Development League Showcase will be held in Orem, Utah from Monday, Jan. 5 - Thursday, Jan. 8, with all 16 teams playing in four days of competition. All 16 Showcase games will be streamed via NBA Futurecast, a platform that provides live, online video streaming to fans, on NBA.com, NBADLeague.com and www.abqtbirds.com. NBA D-League Central, hosted by Rick Kamla, will air on Monday, Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. ET to discuss the latest news regarding the Showcase.

This is the fifth year of the NBA D-League Showcase, an event that serves as the premier destination for NBA general managers and scouts to check out the NBA D-League's top prospects in action.

The Tbirds are at home again on Friday and Saturday, January 9 and 10 at Tingley Coliseum. Both games start at 7pm and are against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. January 10 will be the first player card give-away, sponsored by the Albuquerque Journal. Will Conroy's card will be available for free and Conroy will sign cards after the game.

Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased by calling 505-265-DUNK (3865) or by visiting www.abqtbirds.com.

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