June 25, 2014
Last Home Stand
Remember the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend three years ago?
The time when Smart boss Manny V. Pangilinan, the man who is also known as MVP, quenched our NBA thirst during in the NBA lockout looming 2011 when he brought inter-stellar figures like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, James Harden and Tyreke Evans in our midst? That was truly one weekend to remember.
Fast forward to present and here goes MVP again.
This year, MVP will be flying in four more superstars when he went to social media just a few hours back. “Happy to announce that PLDT HOME will bring in the biggest basketball charity event ever! Blake, Damien, Truth, Demar in #GilasLastHOMEStand,” he said via his Twitter account @iamMVP where he has about 75,000 followers and should grow after this huge announcement.
Of course, he was referring to Blake as the Clippers’ Blake Griffin or someone who dunked over a car to win the slam dunk title, Damien as the Blazers’ Damien Lillard, who had an unforgettable moment in his team’s stunning win over the Houston Rockets, Truth as the Nets’ Paul Pierce or the anti-LeBron, and DeMar as the Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan. And someone whispered to Sportsmaryosep from the inside that there could be more coming. I hope its Tim Duncan.
Whoever, we basketball-worshipping Filipinos are truly blessed as that one weekend three years ago started an NBA deluge to this side of the planet. As what we’ve all witnessed, LeBron James arrived, Rose and Kobe returned, Harden too while bringing in Eric Gordon. The historic NBA Global Games between the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets also happened. Imagine Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert, the ear whisperer Lance Stephenson, Dwight Howard, Harden and Jeremy Lin descending upon us. And then most recently, Kevin Love.
And now this Last HOME Stand by these stars on July 22 and 23 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum where they will be pitted against our very own FIBA World Cup-bound Gilas Pilipinas in a pair of charity games. Thank you PLDT HOME.
Thank you MVP.
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