Iverson, Arenas to unite at Manila charity basketball event

iverson-arenasEx-NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas is scheduled to appear in a charity basketball event in Manila on November 5th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Inquirer.net reported.

Arenas appeared in 3 NBA All-Star games, holding career averages of 20.7 ppg and 5.3 apg in 35.1 mpg. He played in 552 NBA games, starting in 455 of them.

The charity event, dubbed “All In” will benefit Gawad Kalinga – a a Philippines-based poverty alleviation and nation-building movement, which aims to end poverty for 5 million families by 2024.

Arenas will be visiting Manila the second time in three years, and he’s is reportedly excited to come.

“It’s been six years, but I can still remember the warmth and love I received from my Filipino fans. I’m so honored and blessed to be a part of this event and help build homes for the poor,” he said.

Organizer Sheryl Reyes welcomed Arenas’ addition to the roster of stars for the charity event.

“I’m very happy and thankful that Ball Up has helped tap Gilbert for this event and that he agreed to join us,” Reyes said.

Arenas is scheduled to be joined on the basketball court by another former NBA player, Eddy Curry. Curry saw action in 527 career NBA games, playing for the Chicago Bulls, the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. He averaged career high 19.5 ppg and 7 rpg for the Knicks during the 2006-07 NBA season. Curry holds career averages of 12.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg in 24.9 minutes of playing time.

As for Allen Iverson, he will coach the Ball Up Streetball All-Stars against a local selection of players from NCAA, UAAP, and the Philippines Basketball Association.

Iverson was a 7-time All-NBA selection, 4-time NBA scoring champion, a three-time steals leader, a two-time All-Star Game MVP and the 1997 Rookie of the Year. Iverson was 11-time NBA All-Star, 2001 NBA MVP. He spent 14 years in the NBA, appearing in 914 games, averaging 26.7 points per game.


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