TWO-TIME three-point shootout champion Allan Caidic said this year's battle in the PBA All-Star Weekend is wide open with the best outside shooters in the league battling on Friday in Puerto Princesa City.
Caidic said winning the three-point contest will largely depend on how the contestant feels on the day of the event, and not on the player's proficiency during the season.
"Depende kasi sa feel mo 'yan that day eh," said Caidic. "Halos lahat naman kasi capable 'yan manalo."
Caidic knows what he is talking about, having won the 1991 and 1992 crown during his time with Presto in his early years in the PBA. He is also considered as one of the best three-point shooters the country has ever produced.
This year, Mark Macapagal of GlobalPort is vying for his fifth crown, and second in a row against a host of competitors that include JC Intal of Barako Bull, James Yap of Purefoods, KG Canaeta of NLEX, LA Tenorio of Barangay Ginebra, LA Revilla of KIA, Brian Heruela of Blackwater, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, and the now-retired Jimmy Alapag.
Caidic, however, said style will also be a key in the contest, giving the edge to set shooters.
"Easier kasi kapag set shot, kasi kapag jump shooter, extra time pa 'yun para to take the shot," said Caidic.
The PBA three-point shootout comes just after Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors set a new record with 27 points in winning the NBA shootout.
Caidic, now an assistant coach of the De La Salle Green Archers, said he was very impressed with crop of shooters in the NBA today.
"Mas malayo ang three-point distance ng NBA pero nakakabilib 'yung consistency at confidence nila. Naka-square na agad sila, anywhere, anytime," Caidic said.