They are located in Texas, and they are part of the G League.
After a three-hour bus ride, the captains of New York-Mexico City found themselves outside Austin, Texas. A group of children dressed in karate uniforms squinted their heads over the obstacles in sports facilities. They wondered loudly whether they were being watched by “famous” basketball players.
Although the Capitanes are an integral part of the NBA’s march towards Mexico, double substitutes are not an issue for them.
The long and difficult road to the first season (NBA’s Development League) is winding down. Captains are getting ready for afternoon training. They also share a gym space with the energetic martial arts tournament.
“It can be exhausting,” said team coach Ramón Díaz. It’s almost like you don’t have a place to call home.
After losing to the coronavirus epidemic last season, they lost to a team consisting of basketball fighters from Latin America (not very famous). The reason they are touring the country is not because their two-month schedule includes only away games.
Because of the pandemic, Capitanes now live in Fort Worth and not Mexico City. They are already looking towards the future and moving away from long bus rides.
If there is no other global disaster, the NBA will continue to have a complete G League schedule for Mexico City. As an experiment, the NBA will continue to look for ways to expand its international reach.
The captains were ready to face off against the Austin Spurs on that day. Rodrigo Ceratos was the team president when Diaz summoned his players for practice. He stated that Capitanes has ambitious plans to play in Mexico and had established a youth academy. Ceratos has been traveling with the team this season, learning from other teams and interacting with fans.
Forward Fabian Haimes of Mexico, one of the two players on the 12-man roster, said that “This will be an enormous deal.” “Actually I don’t believe it.”
Juanjolote is the mascot of the captains. He is a large-eyed, aquatic salamander that was modeled on a newt. It is a threatened species and is native to central Mexico.
Serratos doesn’t mind sharing his dreams. He hopes Los Capitanes will grow a large fan base and be a well-known sports brand in Latin America. He wants them all to win the game, and be able to compete for the title. There is another dream that he has, and it is the same as the common dream for team owners: to have the captain be a member of the NBA.
He stated, “Of course this will be a big challenge.” “But I like big challenges.”