“Ultimate All-Star Weekend” Confirmed
The two day series will feature eight NBA players taking on the developmental Philippine national basketball team—Smart Gilas Pilipinas, and a team of selected PBA players. From the Philippine Star: “ Former NBA Rookie of the Year Chris Paul is joining five-time champion Kobe Bryant in the starting five of the NBA selection playing Smart Gilas Pilipinas and a PBA selection in a dream two-game series set July 23 and 24 at the Araneta Coliseum. MVP Sports Foundation officials Al Panlilio and Chot Reyes announced in a press conference last night that the blockbuster event is a go. […] The Los Angeles Lakers star, who played eight minutes with the UAAP All-Stars against Smart Gilas in a Nike event at the Big Dome Wednesday, will be back serving as player-coach of an eight-man NBA selection including Paul, Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, James Harden of the Oklahoma Thunder, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Reyes said they’re still finalizing a deal with two more players that would complete the NBA team. ‘It could be one more MVP and one more Rookie of the Year,’ said Reyes, hinting they might also get the nod of reigning MVP Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and former ROY awardee and two-time scoring champion Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder.”
The Only good news that is related to the N.B.A. This whole Lockout thing needs to end sooner than later. I don't know exactly where the Philippines are but I am pretty sure there is a time difference If I decide to watch this event. Back in 1999, I probably had the worst basketball viewing experience. As much as people say it was a good thing, an NBA Finals of The Spurs and The Knicks is not really my ideal situation for a championship series. Maybe the Knicks of now, yes but that team back then? Did they even win a game? That's how bad that year was, I don't remember it at all. The NBA is filled with numerous memories, along with the good ones, come the bad ones, but that does not mean we need to keep adding bad memories. Come to some sort of agreement. Be civil. Come to terms. After the successful season that we just had, why not follow it up with an encore. I'm just a fan...That is my opinion. But I'm pretty sure my thoughts are the same as everyone else's...NO LOCKOUT!