DALLAS -- Some of the successful tactics Gersson Rosas used over the past four seasons with the Houston Rockets’ National Basketball Association Development League affiliate will now be implemented with the Dallas Mavericks.
In addition to his duties as the vice-president of basketball operations for the Rockets, Rosas worked the last four years as the general manager of the Rio Grand Valley Vipers -– the D-League affiliate of the Rockets. The Vipers won the D-League championship in 2010 and last season, and also advanced to the ’11 Finals.
Rosas is hoping for similar success with the Texas Legends -- the Mavs’ Frisco-based D-League affiliate -- and of course with the Mavs. After all, Rosas is in his first season as the Mavs’ general manager, and helping developing players has always been a huge part of his glowing resume.
“Player development in the NBA is the area that you have most control over,’’ Rosas said. “The resources you put in, the programs you structure and the support that you give your players and staff, that was one of the building blocks of my success not only with the Vipers and Houston, but in our industry.
“I thought last year was the greatest year of the D-League and it’s a very important tool that we’re going to use here in Dallas as well. It’s not just about winning and losing, it’s about developing players, it’s about developing coaches, and it’s about developing the staff.’’
For Rosas, the development also includes the young players on the Mavs’ roster.
“We had a good partnership with the owners of the (Vipers) in South Texas, and we were in a situation where we were fortunate that we had a lot of success,’’ Rosas said. “And that happens when the NBA team and the minor league team are on the same page and they’re working together --
you’re able to do great things.
“We led the league in call-ups, we were in the Finals three out of four years, and to win two championships there was very fulfilling. And to help guys in the NBA, whether it's players, coaches, trainers, staff, it’s a development league, and to be a part of it to me was one of my passions,
because that’s key.’’
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