UNABLE to speak to media following the aborted friendly game between Gilas Pilipinas and a band of NBA players, Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Lillard expressed his sentiment and apologies over the micro-blogging site Twitter late Tuesday evening.
“sorry it was beyond our control,” Lillard wrote on his official Twitter account @Dame_Lillard.
One of the NBA’s fast-rising stars, Lillard was expected by thousands of Filipino fans to showcase his speed, athleticism, and outside shooting against Gilas Pilipinas in the two-day exhibition game being used as part of the national team’s buildup for the Fiba-World Cup in Spain and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Unfortunately, the NBA prevented the players from suiting up at the last minute, making it clear that the event dubbed `Last HOME Stand’ was not sanctioned by the league.
The unfortunate development angered thousands of paying fans and forced PLDT big boss Manny V. Pangilinan to issue a public apology and declare the cancellation of the other scheduled benefit game on Wednesday.
Meantime, Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings chose to highlight the positive experiences he had during his brief stay in the country.
“Amazing trip in the Philippines, the love we got was unreal. Hopefully I get another chance to do this again. The Fans #Amazing,” said Jennings in his Twitter account @BrandonJennings.
The entire NBA stars led by coach John Lucas left the country early Wednesday morning.
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