The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on Friday that NBA Legend Tim Hardaway, NBA Champion Brian Scalabrine, and the Detroit Pistons Flight Crew will attend NBA 3X Philippines presented by AXA from Aug. 25-26 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.
NBA 3X Philippines 2018 will showcase a 3-on-3 tournament featuring men's and women's teams combined with authentic NBA entertainment. Preliminary tournaments for NBA 3X Philippines 2018 began on Aug. 11-12 at Benguet State University and will continue on Aug. 18-19 at Don Bosco Technical Institute University to determine the participants in the playoffs at the SM Mall of Asia.
"It's a great feeling to return to the Philippines and get reacquainted with the passionate Filipino fan base," said Hardaway. "NBA 3X celebrates the vibrant culture of basketball, which will be in full display for fans to experience throughout the weekend festivities."
"Traveling to the Philippines for the first time is an exciting opportunity to experience how the game is played on this side of the world," said Scalabrine. "As a basketball fan and analyst, I'm looking forward to interacting with the fans and sharing my knowledge with the talented athletes at the NBA 3X event."
The competitive 3-on-3 tournament includes divisions for boys (under-13, under-16, under-18, and open category), girls (under-18 and open category), an invitation only Celebrity Division featuring popular local personalities, and a division exclusive to AXA employees and distributors.
Hardaway was drafted 14th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1989 NBA Draft and named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1990. A five-time NBA All-Star, Hardaway played 14 seasons in the NBA with career averages of 17.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 8.2 assists and selected to five All-NBA Team selections. He was named an assistant coach of the Detroit Pistons from 2014 to 2017.
Scalabrine was selected 35th overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 2001 NBA Draft. A member of the 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics, Scalabrine was named as an assistant head coach of the Golden State Warriors during the 2013-14 season and is currently an NBA analyst.
For more information on NBA 3X Philippines 2018, fans can visit www.nba3x.com/philippines, Facebook.com/philsnba and @NBA_Philippines on Twitter.