Philippine Sports: NBA Legends To Challenge PBA All Stars
As part of the their promotions in Asia, the NBA has put together NBA Asia Challenge 2009, which is the most ambitious and largest event ever in Asia. The event will feature NBA Legends teaming up with the top NBA Development League (D-League) players to play three exhibition friendlies in Korea and the Philippines.
The NBA Legends already made their appearance in Korea, playing agains the KBL All-Stars and the ETLAND Blackslammers, and will now be set to play the PBA All-Stars at the Araneta Coliseum on September 11th, 2009.
Among the NBA Legends who will be participating in the event are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who will be the head coach), Tim Hardaway, Dominique Wilkins, Robert Horry and Vlade Divac. PLayers from the NBA D-League who will team up with these legends include Billy Thomas, Chris Ellis, Derrick Dial, Marcus Hubbard, Russell Robinson and Lanny Smith.
The PBA All-Stars who are going up against the NBA players include Alvin Patrimonio, Allan Caidic, Ronnie Magsanoc, Benjie Paras and Kenneth Duremdes to name a few.
Personally, I would love to watch the game to get a chance to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the court, even if he doesn’t play. He’s the all-time leading everything in the NBA, and was really one of its most recognized players. Plus, he was one of the reasons why I’ve been a Lakers fan ever since I could remember.
On another personal note, I really hope that Danny Ildefonso is not included in the line-up for the PBA All-Stars. I just believe he’s not a very good professional basketball player, especially after that stint wherein he went out of his way to beat up a fan during the recent PBA Finals of San Miguel vs Ginebra. He may have been a lauded MVP at one point, but no professional player should ever get into a scuffle with a fan who paid for his seat to watch the game, and have the privilege to cheer his heart out even if some of the things said may have been vulgar and crass. As a pro player, you should be able to take trash talk, and have the mental edge to block it. That’s very different from Ron Artest‘s blow-up because he was thrown a glass of beer.
I’m sure the basketball will be entertaining, and if not then the dancers of the New Jersey Nets – the Dunking Divas – are pretty sure to add a little spice to the festivities.
Anyway – the NBA Asia Challenge 2009 should be an amazing event, and will certainly be packed. Tickets for the first-ever NBA Asia Challenge 2009 range from 2,640 for Patrons and 264 for General Admission.