Vipers Prepare For Veteran Big Man, Early Tip In Hidalgo

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers have played many Kids’ Day Matinee games as a franchise. That doesn’t mean you ever get used to thousands of screaming elementary and middle school students screaming at the top of their lungs for two hours, however.
Earlier this season, the Vipers were even part of a new NBA G-League record, defeating the defending champions Raptors 905 in front of an astounding 18-thousand-plus.
But Tuesday morning’s 11am tipoff will be different than any other Kids’ Day Matinee in the 11-year history of the Valley’s G-League team, as they will face a Canton Charge squad featuring an NBA champion on the roster.
6-10 center Kendrick Perkins will enter the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo with not only 13 years of NBA experience under his belt, but a 2008 Championship ring with the Boston Celtics on his finger.
The Lone Star native also won a Texas state title with Beaumont Ozen in 2001, but that is all water under the bridge.
The present for Perkins, after taking a year off from pro basketball last season, is averaging close to a double-double with the Charge in his first stint with the G-League.
The assignment of stopping the 33-year-old Perkins will most likely fall to 19-year-old Vipers rookie Isaiah Hartenstein, coming off his best offensive performance as a pro stateside, 16 points in a loss at Austin this past Friday.
The Canton Charge at Rio Grande Valley Vipers game Tuesday morning can be heard live on FOX Sports 1700AM as well as seen on the NBA G-League’s Facebook page. Tipoff is 11am.

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