Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, August 17, 2009

PBA releases lineup for 2009 NBA Asia Challenge

PBA Releases lineup for 2009 NBA Asia Challenge
by rick olivares

Alvin Patrimonio and Allan Caidic lead the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) greats team that will battle National Basketball Association legends in the 2009 NBA Asia Challenge on September 11 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The other PBA greats on the team are Benjie Paras, Kenneth Duremdes and Ronnie Magsanoc. They will be joined by active players Wynne Arboleda, Arwind Santos, Sonny Thoss, Willie Miller, Japeth Aguilar, Joseph Yeo, Dondon Hontiveros, Enrico Villanueva, Jay-R Reyes and Marc Pingris. They will be coached by Yeng Guiao.

“We will show the NBA that we are also strong,” said PBA commissioner Renauld “Sonny” Barrios.

The NBA contingent will be bannered by All-Stars and greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the former Milwaukee Buck and Los Angeles Laker who will coach the American side; Robert Horry, the former Houston Rocket, Phoenix Sun, Los Angeles Laker and San Antonio Spur who won seven titles with three teams in a 16-year career; Dominique Wilkins, the Atlanta Hawks’ Human Highlight Film; Tim Hardaway, the player with a killer crossover and a former Golden State Warrior and Miami Heat guard; and Vlade Divac, one of the best-passing big men during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets and Sacramento Kings.

They will be backed up by players from the NBA’s Development League. The Dunking Divas and Sly, the Silver Fox mascot of the New Jersey Nets, will also be on hand for the day’s entertainment in the largest NBA event in the Philippines.

“It’s a great way to kick off the upcoming PBA and NBA seasons,” said Peter Chanliong, Chief Operating Officer of Solar Sports, the organizer of the event. “We’ve got the best fans outside the United States and we hope that this will mean greater interaction between the two leagues and us. And this could be the start of something big.”

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