One less team for Laredo as the Toros will not be back in the Gateway city this season. The team said the Mexican state government funds the team, and when they played in Laredo last season, their budget was cut in half, something they could not afford to do this year. Now the city is left with a $143,000 basketball court they purchased last year, and city officials said they are keeping the court. "This is what makes the LEA a multi-purpose facility. We can't say some basketball team wants to come and we tell them, 'Well let's see where we can get the floor.' We already have the floor and experience laying it down, so they'll be other players involved soon." There are no talks of another team coming to Laredo as of right now, but City Manager Carlos Villarreal tells me the court was bought for not just the Toros but for multiple reasons. The court was purchased for the annual United vs. Alexander basketball game. Besides high school basketball, the court is also used for other events, like the Harlem Globetrotters. Villarreal said he is also working to host Spurs exhibition games right here in Laredo. "I know the interest is there and for them to be able to maintain the fan base we have, I think we can certainly work something out with the Spurs." The basketball court was purchased last August for $143,000.