AFTER being slapped with a one-game suspension, NLEX center Asi Taulava found a silver lining when he was named to start for the South team in the PBA All-Star Game on August 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Taulava is set to rewrite his record as the oldest All-Star starter when he emerged second to Greg Slaughter in the fan balloting and moved up to starter when the Ginebra slotman became unavailable due on ankle injury.
The 43-year-old former MVP is now set for a record 14th All-Star appearance as he joins James Yap, Scottie Thompson, June Mar Fajardo, and Joe Devance in the starting five of the South team coached by Leo Austria.
Named as reserves for the South team were JR Quinahan, Jeff Chan, and Jericho Cruz of Rain or Shine, Chris Ross of San Miguel, RR Garcia and Mark Barroca of Star and Carlo Lastimosa of Blackwater.
Joining the North team of Yeng Guiao as reserves were Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo and Troy Rosario of TnT Katropa, Gabe Norwood and Paul Lee of Rain or Shine, Alex Cabagnot of SMB and GlobalPort's Stanley Pringle.
The North starters are Ginebra's Mark Caguioa and Japeth Aguilar, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, Marc Pingris of Star and Calvin Abueva of Alaska.
Kicking off the late-season festivities on August 5 is a Great vs Stalwarts game that will see fomer players Noli Locsin, Alvin Patrimonio, Bong Ravena, Nick Belasco, Johnny Abarrientos, Ronnie Magsanoc, Paolo Bugia, and Topex Robinson back in action.
They will be joined in the game by Maverick Ahanmisi, Chris Banchero, Kevin Alas, LA Revilla, Anthony Semerad, David Semerad, Ian Sangalang and Raymond Almazan as well as D-League mainstays Ed Daquioag, Cris Tolomia, Mac Belo, Russel Escoto, Roger Pogoy, Raffy Banal, Jonathan Grey and Bryan Cruz.