Caidic finally reunites with Glen Rice for Filipino Heritage Week
Paul Lintag on Mar 19, 2017 07:58 PM
A reunion seven years in the making for Allan Caidic and Glen Rice. (Photo courtesey of The Score on Twitter, @TheScorePH)
Over the course of his stay in the Philippines for the NBA Filipino Heritage Week, Glen Rice can't seem to stop talking about Allan Caidic.
Obviously, the NBA legend remains mesmerized by the PBA legend from their lone exhibition game about seven years ago.
And on Sunday, the two finally got to reunite in Taguig to watch the Golden State Warriors take on the Milwaukee Bucks. You bet both had a lot to say to each other.
They talked about life after 2010 but since both still practically live through basketball, they talked about that.
"Kung anong ginagawa niya ngayon. May basketball camp din siya with kids ages 9-13. Tapos he's the scout ng Miami Heat ngayon. Basically, ganun pa rin basketball pa rin. Tinanong din niya ako sabi ko same thing nagtuturo din ako minsan ng shooting sessions sa mga kids, at the same time busy pa rin ako sa Legends game pag nai-invite," Caidic said on his catching up session with Rice.
Both legends talked so much about the game that they even found the time to compare themselves to a certain Splash Brother in Golden State.
No, it's not Steph Curry.
"Ito yung sa NBA about sa shooters. Ito si Steph Curry tsaka si Klay Thompson. Parang mas nakaka-relate kami kay Klay Thompson eh, unlike si Steph kasi, he's a guard, he can create and take the shot anytime he wants," Caidic said as he started to explain why he and Rice are more of the Klay Thompson kind of guy.
"Si Klay Thompson, he needs to set up his man properly para ma-open. He has to have an eye contact with the passer o kaya the screener to get open di ba. More or less ganun naging role ko at naging role niya nung naglalaro kami kaya parang nare-relate namin yung laro namin kay Klay Thompson," the former PBA Most Valuable Player said.
The reunion between the two sweet-shooting basketball legends was complete when Caidic handed Rice a copy of his 2006 book that detailed his life.
Caidic, who retired from pro basketball before the turn of the millenium, wanted Rice to have something to remember the country by. A souvenir to remind him he has a friend in the Philippines.
"I'm so happy and flattered na narining ko yun na after seven years naalala pa rin niya ako. Natutuwa ako na nabigyan ng pagkakataon ng NBA Philippines na magkaroon ng chance na magka-meet kami bago siya umalis ulit papuntang US," Caidic said on Rice remembering him from the 2010 exhibition game at the Araneta Coliseum.
"Yung book na yun kasi published 2006 pa, good thing meron pa akong nakuhang copy. Simple token lang na para maalala niya ang Pilipinas. Kasi dun sa book na yun, it revolves around basketball eh. Basketball is my life, basketball became my career," he added, now talking about the book he gave to Rice.
"Eh parehas naman kaming player, parehas naman kaming retired, parehas kaming shooter, so makaka-relate siya dun sa book na yun. Sabi ko magandang souvenir ito from a friend here in the Philippines. Habang bumabiyahe siya pabalik, kahit pwede niya basahin sa eroplano. very light book lang naman yun," Caidic said.
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