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Breakers Open Season at Staples Center

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban may suit up for Santa Barbara as part of spectacle.

The Santa Barbara Breakers will play the first West Coast Basketball League game on the ultimate stage, at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, the home of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers.

The Breakers will open their second season of pro basketball at 1 p.m. Monday against the Orange County Gladiators, a team that just completed its American Basketball Association season. Later that night, the Dallas Mavericks will take on the Los Angeles Clippers on the same Staples Center floor.

With flamboyant Mavericks owner Mark Cuban coming to town, Breakers’ owner and coach Curt Pickering decided to offer Cuban a chance to show his basketball prowess. Pickering says Cuban, who previously appeared on Dancing with the Stars, responded positively to his offer and there’s a "90 percent chance" he’ll play for the Breakers on Monday.

"The Breakers are about entertainment and giving opportunities to players trying to reach their potential," said Pickering. "Mark Cuban represents entertainment and what we’re all about — promoting players to NBA rosters in the Las Vegas Summer League."

Players expected to compete in the Breakers’ opener Monday include ex-Dos Pueblos High and Cal star Shantay Legans, former UCSB player Josh Merrill, ex-Pacific standouts Tyler Newton and Allan Purnell, and 7-1 Rashid Byrd, who’s currently featured in Will Ferrell’s basketball movie, Semi-Pro.

Lamond Murray, who averaged 27.6 points and 8.4 rebounds in five Breakers games last year, is also a possibility if he doesn’t return to a pro league in Europe. Toby Bailey, one of the stars of last year’s 17-6 Breakers squad, and fellow ex-UCLA star Billy Knight are expected to return to the Santa Barbara lineup when their pro commitments end in Germany and France, respectively.

The Montecito Basketball Academy, a youth organization run by Pickering, has played at halftime of Clippers games for the last 12 seasons.

"The Clippers’ pregame and entertainment director called me and asked if the Breakers would like to play at Staples," Pickering said. "I jumped at the chance. It’s going to be exciting, getting to coach on the sideline where the Clippers and Lakers play. We’ll have to bring cameras."

The Breakers will make their home debut Friday, April, 11 against the Newport Beach Surf, followed by a Saturday game against the Hollywood Shooting Stars. Both games will be played at SBCC with tip-off set for 7:05 p.m. Click here for ticket information or call 805.685.5600.

Dave Loveton is the Santa Barbara Breakers’ media relations director.

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