Metta World Peace to coach in NBTC All-Star Game

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 11, 2019 03:42 PM
Metta World Peace to coach in NBTC All-Star Game
Metta World Peace will be back in Manila to be a firsthand witness to the Filipino brand of basketball (FILE PHOTO) (Photo courtesy of Dominic Menor's Twitter)

The 2019 NBTC All-Star Game just got a lot brighter.

Already the stage for the best of the best young stars in all of the Philippines, this iteration of the annual showdown will also have NBA champion Metta World Peace gracing the sidelines.

As revealed by program director Eric Altamirano in the pre-tournament press conference on Monday at the MOA Arena, World Peace will be coaching in the All-Star Game between Kai Sotto-led Team Hustle and Team Heart fronted by Joel Cagulangan.

Which side the 18-year NBA veteran will be on is yet to be determined, but what's certain is he will be helping out either coach Charles Tiu for Team Heart or coach Chris Gavina for Team Hustle.

The All-Star Game featuring the top 24 high school players in the country as well as six of the best young Filipino-foreigners is the capper for the week-long NBTC League National Finals tipping off on March 18 at the MOA Arena.

Before this, World Peace will also be sharing his mind in the 2019 NBTC Coaches Convention on March 22 to 24. There, he will be alongside main speakers Tab Baldwin, two-time UAAP champion coach of Ateneo de Manila University, and Rob Beveridge, a veteran shot-caller in the international circuit.

The now 39-year-old has close ties to the Philippines as the mother of his son Jeron is a Filipina. His last visit to Manila was two years ago.

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