AS interest in the first-ever NBA regular season game to be played in Manila continues to grow, Mall of Asia Arena general manager Arnel Gonzales was quick to ease the fears of fans by assuring that tickets to the historic match will be "affordable."
“We’d like to assure everyone that prices will be relatively affordable,” Gonzales told Spin.ph on Friday. "As for other details of the NBA game, we will come out with an official announcement once the deal is done."
The Mall of Asia Arena venue manager explained that no less than Hans Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and son of business taipan Henry Sy, oversees the negotiations and has a team which talks directly with the NBA as they plan the details of the historic match.
“We’re not going through any promoter or any other entity or organization that tries to say they represent the NBA” Gonzales said. "Mr. Hans Sy also has full knowledge of what’s happening as we talk with the NBA."
At the same time, Gonzales insisted reports that the match will feature the Indiana Pacers led by Paul George and Danny Granger and the Houston Rockets bannered by James Harden and American-Taiwanese Jeremy Lin came from other parties and not from them.
“Those are just rumors. Marami kasi talagang naglalabasang mga tsismis that these two teams will play,” Gonzales said.
As far as they are concerned, Gonzales said they will only release information contained in official communications from the NBA headquarters, and that no particular teams and date for the match has been released.
"Again, we’re only accepting official documents," he said.
Gonzales, however, expressed doubts that the match will feature the Miami champion team of Fil-American coach Eric Spoelstra since the Heat have already played two preseason games in Asia - one in Shanghai and another in Beijing - two years ago.