Mexican professional basketball team Vélodrome Insurgentes is about to begin their best season yet: on Aug. 2, the Intrepid Raptors will play the Utah Flash in San Antonio, Texas, at an arena that is frequently used for international events.
Since the team’s return to Mexico in 2017, when Vélodrome played in Mexicali’s Arena Ciudad de Mexico for the first time, they have come a long way, and caught the eye of NBA scouts. The President of the Mexican Basketball Federation recently confirmed to El Huffington Post that Vélodrome had met with team scouts and has been given permission to enter into a draft where they will be ranked according to the popularity of the cities they will visit.
Turning up the heat in April, Vélodrome became the first Mexican team to play in the World League of Basketball, a professional association of 26 countries, countries that send a minimum of four teams to compete at an international tournament. The team played in the first event in New Zealand and played in Brazil last month, getting by with the help of ex-NBA players, including Luis Scola and Kosta Koufos, as well as former Mexico international point guard and coach Adrian Gilliam. The players hail from more than 10 Mexican states and are the first Mexican team to play in the top tournament of the tour.
The team will begin training in Dallas and Texas, leading up to their match against the Flash in San Antonio on Aug. 2. The team’s roster includes most of its players from other Mexican teams. The playoff will take place in Mexico City, August 3.
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