NBA commissioner wants future games in Manila-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
MANILA -- Amazed at the Filipinos' hospitality and love for basketball, NBA Commissioner David Stern is hoping that the pre-season game between the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers on Thursday will not be the last.
The Rockets prevailed, 116-96.
"On behalf of these two great teams, it is my great honor to say to you that we're delighted to be here and we're looking forward to coming back," said Stern, whose announcement drew cheers from thousands who watched the game at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Stern, however, declined to give his word when pressed regarding the possibility of holding a regular season game in the Philippines next year. He told reporters prior to the match that a regular game entails huge cost and have "different competitive situations."
"But it's fully my expectation that we'll be back in Manila, but you'll have to ask Commissioner (Adam) Silver about that. I'm going to leave an envelope that says 'go to Manila and I hope he'll open it," said Stern, smiling.
Stern, who considers the country the most "intense and knowledgeable market" outside the United States, will retire in February 2014 after 30 years at the helm. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)