MANILA, Philippines – Close to a week after it was revealed that numerous NBA players will come to Manila from July 22-23 for an event called “PLDT Home: The Last Home Stand All-Star Charity Event”, it’s now confirmed that three more will join the cast.
Reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, current unrestricted free agent Kyle Lowry, and 2014 NBA second round draft pick Nick Johnson will join Blake Griffin, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Pierce, and Damian Lillard as they go head to head in an exhibition match with Gilas-Pilipinas.
The report was confirmed by PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and Gilas head coach Chot Reyes on Twitter:
Excited to greet the 1st of July w news that Nick Johnson, Kyle Lowry, & FINALS MVP Kawhi Leonard joining us for PLDT's #GilasLastHOMEStand— Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) June 30, 2014
Hold ur right palm up.Cuff ur right wrist w ur left hand & welcome FINALS MVP KAWHI LEONARD #GilasLastHOMEStand w Nick Johnson & Kyle Lowry!— Chot Reyes (@coachot) June 30, 2014
The NBA guests will be coached by John Lucas in a charity game where funds will be given to the PDRF (Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation).
A slam dunk exhibition and a three-point shootout contest have been added to the list of events from July 22-23, along with the John Lucas Skills Camp and Air Elite Dunkers.
Leonard, fresh off an impressive showing in the NBA Finals, averaged 12.8 PPG and 6.2 RPG for the Spurs last season. Lowry, whom many considered an All-Star snub, put up 17.9 PPG, 7.4 APG, and 4.7 RPG for the Toronto Raptors while helping lead the team to its first playoff appearance in years.
Johnson, who was drafted by the Houston Rockets a few days ago, averaged 16.3 PPG as a freshman for Arizona in the 2013-2014 US NCAA season. – Rappler.com