Paul George joins NBA All-Stars against Gilas
MANILA, Philippines – Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has been added to the list of NBA All-Stars who will play against the Philippine national basketball team in a pair of exhibition games, dubbed "The Last Home Stand," next week.
Businessman Manny V. Pangilinan made the announcement Monday on Twitter.
"What a nice birthday surprise. We welcome All-Star Paul George back to Manila for Gilas' Last Home Stand," said Pangilinan.
George was in Manila last year along with the rest of the Pacers for the first-ever NBA pre-season game in Manila, where they played the Houston Rockets.
"We are going to give the Gilas National Team a real workout in hour of your birthday next week! Watch out!" George tweeted after Pangilinan made the announcement.
Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross will also be joining the squad. The high-flyer made the announcement himself on Twitter.
"MVP I think what you do in honor of you birthday for the Filipinos is amazing. Giving back is why we do what we do. See you soon!" Ross said.
It was previously announced that Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, Paul Pierce, DeMar DeRozan, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Nick Johnson will also be part of the All-Star line-up that will play against Gilas Pilipinas.
For Filipinos, it will be the last time they see Gilas play on local soil before the national team leaves again to continue their preparation for the FIBA World Cup in Spain in August.
The Last Home Stand will be held at the Araneta Coliseum on July 22 and 23. Tickets are already on sale.