Harden, Chandler, Jennings added to Last Home Stand
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) –Three more names have been added to the list of NBA players coming to Manila for the PLDT Last Homestand events taking place from July 22-23 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
In a tweet sent out by PLDT boss Manny V. Pangilinan on Tuesday, July 15, it was confirmed that Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden, former NBA Defensive Player of the Year, champion, and current Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler, and Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings will be joining the already star-loaded class of NBA players coming to Manila.
WOW! Completing our Fibr AllStars is 1st Team All-League guard James Harden w Tyson Chandler & Brandon Jennings.Game na! #GilasLastHOMEStand— Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) July 15, 2014
The announcement comes a day after it was revealed that Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George and Toronto Raptors swingman Terrence Ross will also be part of the NBA cast that goes up against Gilas Pilipinas, in preparation for the national team's bid at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Other NBA guests coming include Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs, and Nick Johnson of the Houston Rockets.
Veteran All-Star Paul Pierce was originally part of the lineup buy begged off a week ahead of the event. He recently signed a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards after spending last season with the Brooklyn Nets.
The NBA team will be coached by John Lucas, and the proceeds of the exhibition game will be donated to the PDRF (Philippine Disaster Recovery Fund).
Aside from the match, the two-day spectacle will include a three-point shootout, a slam dunk exhibition, a skills camp conducted by Lucas, and an Air Elite Dunkers event.
In the 2013-2014 NBA season, Harden averaged 25.4 PPG, 6.1 APG, and 4.7 RPG with a PER of 23.51. His best campaign yet earned him a spot at the All-NBA First Team.
Chandler, on the other hand, put up 8.7 PPG and 9.6 RPG while still playing for the New York Knicks.
Jennings, in his first year with the Pistons, put up 15.5 PPG, 7.6 APG, and 3.1 RPG. – Rappler.com