CALASIAO, Pangasinan – Joe Devance is proud of his perfect record in the PBA All-Star weekend.
Not in the All-Star game per se nor the different skills challenge, but on the highly-awaited dance-off.
“Undefeated in the dance-off. Never. Lost not one time,” the Barangay Ginebra big man proudly beams.
Unfortunately, he won’t be around in this year’s edition of the annual spectacle as Devance is nursing a plantar fasciitis in his right foot that kept him out from suiting up with the South team, where he was previously voted by coaches as part of its reserves.
While he admitted having a not-so-good record in the All-Star game, it’s the reverse as far as the dance-off is concerned.
And he doesn’t mind it.
“I never won the actual game, but you know, people don’t really go to see the game. They want to see the dance-off,” Devance said in jest.
“That’s why I take so much pride in the dance-off because that’s what everybody wants to see.”
With the 37-year-old Fil-Am not around, he already anointed not just one, but two young guns who should lead the South team during the dance-off.
“It will be those two guys because they love to dance,” said Devance, referring to Ginebra teammate Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Jio Jalalon.
“They’re like little twins, too. They’re like the best of friends. They’ll get the job done.”
Winner of the dance-off will again receive the prize of P100,000.
“I’m wishing my South team luck. Hopefully we could at least win the dance-off and not break the cycle,” he said. “But we’ll see. I’ll be watching.”