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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

NBA lockout triggers Stars in Manila showdown.

NBA lockout triggers Stars in Manila showdown.

07-19-2011

08:39 p.m.

Just imagine a lot of National basketball Association players rounding up the globe for the sake of playing their sport as their passion and career. Deron Williams had been much heard like the guy wants to play in Turkey, so was Dwight Howard’s rumors in Eurasia and even for Kevin Durant’s.

Apparently even before the lockout issue, a lot of NBA stars had been playing for other countries and it shows when they don colors at FIBA tournaments, representing their homeland. Josh Childress had been playing for Euroleague at sometime before returning to the league. He had been on the verge of emerging under-rated small forwards at that time when he left Atlanta Hawks and after some few years, joining Phoenix Suns.

But let’s move fast forward. Kobe Bryant had been taking Manila by storm in nearly mid-July when Nike set an Asia tour. And that 1 day busy event for Bryant had been his 4th visit in the country, counting from the last 90s, in 2007 and in 2009. From doing sports charity works to exhibition games. By the way, his team lost to Smart Gilas by 4 points.

And how about Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant joining him in his return this time? Yes, you heard that right as MVP Sports Foundation organized an event that will surely hit every NBA fan in them. But they’re not carrying the name of the association and even the franchise that they’re playing with. That’s under the guidelines of the NBA involving lockout issues. What is a lockout? I can’t explain that since it’s more related to business and financial matters but you can do your research about it though.

So, this turned out already a big day for majority of the Basketball fans considering 2 top scorers, a reigning MVP, a Guinness-record holder for steals plus a playoff veteran and few youngsters from the league coming up for 2 exciting deals. The first game will unfold this Saturday (July 23), 7PM at the Araneta Coliseum which also known as The Big Dome. Apparently the size of this sports arena is one of the largest among the world in some few decades ago. But it doesn’t matter though as MVP’s TV network TV5’s sports block AKTV will cover that up for a lot of fans who couldn’t make it at the venue. Somehow, the prices of the tickets ranged from 350 to 5,500 pesos. Somehow, you may think like you are watching a concert but honestly, this one’s considered affordable since a lot of guys whom watches NBA in the arenas in the US and Toronto, Canada did spent more than these ones.

Game 2 is at Sunday, 1 pm though telecast will be at 5pm. By the way, they are colliding against our 2 teams formed and sponsored. 1st was against PBA selection team, which means players from different Philippine Basketball Association ballclubs were joined hand-in-hand for the contest while the next and last were Smart Gilas Pilipinas, a team that represents the country for the international competition. The difference? These guys were youngsters at international levels while the former had been the veterans and somehow played experienced playing overseas either.

Well, I can only say, this one is definitely must and exciting to watch. Can’t wait for the gates to open, the TV to sign on-air and the games officially begin!

Author: slick master ©2011/07/19 september twenty-eight productions

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