Four Former NBA Players Agree to Participate in NBL All-Star Games
It’s going to be the biggest All-Star game in National Basketball League history as four former NBA stars will join the extravaganza in two cities.
NBL organizers on Thursday announced that ex-Miami Heat players Jason Williams and Duane Causwell and former Seattle SuperSonics stars Vin Baker and Ricky Pierce would play in the 2012 Flexi NBL Indonesia All-Star series, which will be held in Bandung on June 27 and Surabaya three days later.
They will team up with the NBL’s top players, who are voted upon by fans and will be announced on June 14.
“We are introducing a new All-Star format,” NBL commissioner Azrul Ananda said on Thursday. “Top NBL players will be divided into Red and Blue teams, then each team will have two of the former NBA stars.
“Our stars will experience what it’s like to play with the world’s top players.”
Several NBA stars, like Detlef Schrempf and Rick Mahorn, have visited the country in the past three years, but this will be the first time they have played here.
Williams, 36, helped the Heat win the NBA championship in 2006, while Causwell ended his career in Miami in 2001.
“I hear that besides the great scenery, Indonesia also has great basketball fans. I can’t wait to see that myself and play with Indonesia’s top players,” Williams said in a statement.
A four-time NBA All-Star, Baker was a member of the US Olympic team that won the 2000 gold medal in Sydney, and Pierce was picked for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 1987 and 1990.
As of Thursday afternoon, Dell Aspac center M. Isman Thoyib led the All-Star vote with 48.39 percent of 50,000 ballots. Fan voting is scheduled to end on Friday at midnight.