By ANJO PEREZ and WAYLON GALVEZ
July 17, 2012, 8:03pm
MANILA, Philippines — Twelve former players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) arrived in the country on Tueday for an exhibition match with Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) stars at the newly constructed Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Former NBA greats and hall-of-famers Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman headed the star-studded pack that arrived onboard a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur, where they posted a rousing victory in their exhibition game against the Westports Malaysia Dragons last Monday.
Basketball fans at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were mesmerized by the towering visitors that also included Horace Grant, Jason Wiliiams, Mitch Richmond, Clifford Robinson, Jeffery Trepagnier, Charoy Bentley, Alexis Foyl, Chris Campbell, Victor Hoe Alexander and head coach Oscar Robertson.
Preparing to battle the visiting NBA stars of yesteryears are PBA’s finest retired players – Jojo Lastimosa, Kenneth Duremdez, Marlou Aquino, Nelson Asaytono, Bong Hawkins, Bal David, EJ Feihl, Noli Locsin, Jerry Codinera, and Vince Hizon.
Pippen and company from the U.S. Professional Basketball Alumni Association (US PBAA) hope to put on another show against the PBA Legends in their game today at 7 p.m. dubbed the “All-Star Basketball Challenge.”
The 6-foot-8 Pippen, who won six championships with the Chicago Bulls (1991-93 and 1996-98) and played for the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trailblazers, collected 12 points in a 96-81 victory of the US PBAA, a group of former NBA players.
Pippen, now 46 and has been retired in the NBA after playing his final season when he returned to the Bulls in 2003-04, arrived yesterday morning with some of his teammates.
Besides Pippen, Rodman is also expected to see action. This will be the second time for Rodman, also known as the “Worm,” to visit the Philippines.
Like Pippen, Rodman is also a multiple NBA champion having won two championships with the Detroit Pistons (1989 and 1990) and three with the Bulls (1996-98). He was inducted into the US Basketball Hall of Fame last year while Pippen was enshrined in 2010. Tickets to the exhibition game are priced between P310 and P5,075.
Venue: Mall of Asia Arena
Date: July 18, 2012
PBA All-Star Challenge Players:
NBA All-Star Challenge Players:
Oscar ‘The Big O’ Robertson