PBA legends to face off with former NBA top guns

By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- An even stronger selection of former National Basketball Association superstars will strut their stuff against their counterparts from the Philippine Basketball Association later this month.

Gary Payton, Seattle?s all-time leader in points, assists and steals, will be coming in together with former Miami Heat gunslinger Glen Rice, ex-Sacramento King Mitch Richmond and ex-NCAA great and Philadelphia big man Chris Webber.

Along with some members of the NBA?s D-League, they will be merged with the PBA Legends and current stars to make up two teams that will play against each other on August 27 at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

Benjie Paras, the only player ever to win Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in the same year, Ronnie Magsanoc, former Crispa great Atoy Co, and four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio are the Filipino legends.

San Miguel?s Dondon Hontiveros and Arwind Santos and Derby Ace rookie Rico Maierhofer are also in the team.

Former Talk ?N Text import Richie Frahm, Darnell Lazare of the Maine Red Claws, Mark Tyndale of Iowa Energy and Chris McCray of the Sioux Falls Sky Force are the D-League standouts who will see action.

The event is being organized by Solar TV with the NBA and the PBA as partners. Tickets will be priced as low as P264 up to P2,640.

This will mark the second straight year that a selection of former NBA greats will be coming over since the ?Human Highlight Film,? Dominique Wilkins and Co. played a PBA selection.

That team ripped the PBA Selection 109-86.

The squad that will come later this month is without a doubt much younger with the nucleus of the core having seen NBA action, like Payton as late as 2006. Rice, who also won a world championship with Los Angeles in 2000, was active until six years ago.

Webber, while playing for Golden State, was also the NBA?s first rookie ever to make more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 blocks and 75 steals before going on to average 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 831 games in his career.

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