Let’s forget the tragedy of 9/11 even for just a short while.
Tonight is going to be an exciting Friday night for this basketball-crazed country.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) hoop legends will strut their stuff against their local counterparts from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tonight at the Araneta Coliseum, Cubáo, Quezon City.
The NBA squad will be headlined by a who’s who in the world of basketball: two-time slam dunk champion Dominique Wilkins, Robert “Big Shot Bob” Horry (who has more NBA championship rings than His Airness Michael Jordan), Serbian giant Vlade Divac, and crossover master Tim Hardaway. They will be supported by cagers from the NBA’s developmental department. Coach Rory White will be assisted by the biggest NBA scorer in history: the charismatic Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. There might even be a chance for the ageing but still healthy Abdul-Jabbar to play.
Meanwhile, the PBA has prepared for this “US invasion” by fielding its roster with some of the most illustrious names to have recently graced the local professional hoop league: four-time Most Valuable Player “The Captain” Alvin Patrimonio, three-point master “Triggerman” Allan Caidic, “The Tower of Power” Benjie Parás, and “The Point Laureate” Ronnie Magsánoc. They will be joined by other younger PBA players such as Wynne Arboleda, Arwind Santos, Asi Taulava (who used to play under my uncle, multi-titled Coach Louie Alas of the Letrán Knights), Rico Villanueva, Sonny Thoss, and many more. Yeng Guiao will be at the coaching helm.
Game time is at 7:30 PM.