It all started with a tweet from Miakka Lim.
|July 12 - Miakka Lim's twitter timeline|
I was intrigued with the hash tag #NBAAllStarsinManila then I decode the initials given by Miakka,
KB - Kobe Bryant? KD-Kevin Durant? DR - Derrick Rose?
I said to myself these couldn't be happening, Kobe has just arrived in Manila for his Nike Take Every Advantage tour, there's no way he's coming back again with his busy schedule. Then the barrage of twitter updates came in,
|July 15 - Mico Halili's twitter timeline|
|July 18- Coach Chot Reyes twitter timeline|
I can't believe it! Its finally happening this weekend. Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant will be playing in an exhibition game dubbed as SMART Ultimate All-Star Weekend this July 23-24. Completing the NBA team are Tyreke Evans of the Kings (2009 ROY), Derek Fisher of the Lakers, Derrick Williams of the Wolves (2011's 2nd overall pick) and KD's teammate James Harden of the OKC Thunder. Kobe will also coached the said squad.
The PBA team composed of James Yap and Marc Pingris(BMeg), Mark Caguioa and JC Intal(Ginebra) Arwin Santos and Rabeh Al-Hussaini (Petron Blaze), Ryan Reyes, Jason Castro and Larry Fonacier(Talk N’ Text), Sonny Thoss and LA Tenorio(Alaska),Sol Mercado(Meralco),Gary David(Powerade), Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine) and Danny Seigle(Air21) will take the first crack against the SMART All-Stars on Saturday, July 23.
Coach Rajko Toroman and Smart Gilas will get their shot as well on Sunday, July 24. Joining the national team are Jimmy Alapag and Kelly Willams (TNT), Asi Taulava (Meralco) and Dondon Hontiveros (Air 21).
ATTOW, there are no more tickets available for the event. If you want to win some tickets there's an ongoing contest in interaksyon for the event.
Good thing a friend of mine purchased 3 Upper B tickets for the Sunday 1PM game, not exactly the best time of the day to watch a basketball game but I still give it a go.
Thanks Manny V. Pangilinan for the once in a lifetime thrill for hoop fanatics like me.