Clyde Drexler, Robert Horry, Jalen Rose to visit Manila for NBA Global Games


horry-drexler-roseFormer NBA players Robert Horry, Clyde Drexler and Jalen Rose will be visiting Manila for the NBA Global Games in October featuring the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets, Philstar reported.

Both Drexler and Horry have been in the Philippines before as part of NBA Madness 2011 and NBA Asia Challenge 2010, respectively.

Drexler played in the NBA for 14 years, for Portland TrailBlazers and Houston Rockets. Drexler appeared in 1086 NBA games (950 started), averaging 20.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 5.6 apg in 34.6 minutes on the court.

Robert Horry entered the NBA in 1992. Throughout his career, Horry played for the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. He won seven NBA championships with three teams in 16 NBA seasons.

Horry helped the Rockets win NBA championships in 1994 and ’95, then he won three straight championships with LA Lakers in 2000-2001-2002, and then two more with the Spurs in 2005 and 2007. In total, Horry played in 1107 NBA games (481 started), averaging 7 ppg, 4.8 rpg in 24.5 minutes of playing time.

The NBA has appointed them along with Rose, a former Pacer, to be the league’s ambassadors to the country. Rose played 13 years in the NBA, appearing in 923 games (572 started), averaging 14.3 ppg, 3.8 apg and 3.4 rpg in 30.3 minutes of action.

Horry said he is looking forward to his second trip to Manila.

“The fans are very passionate about the game. I’ve been very, very fortunate to travel to a bunch of places and experience different cultures. And everyone has that love for you. Even though sometimes they don’t know who you are, they know the NBA; they know the NBA brand and they come out and support it because they know it’s going to be a fun-filled event. It’s just a wonderful feeling to still be associated with the NBA even though you’re not playing,” Horry said.

Jalen Rose, for his part, noted how the fans’ knowledge of the game was advanced; “(how) they truly craved and supported NBA basketball”.

After the Oct. 10 game at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, the two teams, their entourage and the NBA Legends will fly to Taipei to prepare for NBA Global Games Taipei 2013 on Oct. 13.



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