Asian All Stars can take on retired NBA stars


SHAH ALAM: Veteran coach Goh Cheng Huat believes that the MJ Life Asian All Star team have nothing to fear when they take on the Professional Basketball Alumni Association (PBAA) All Star side in an exhibition match at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.

The PBAA team, comprising retired NBA stars like Dennis Rodman, Jerry Stackhouse, Doug Christie and Latrell Sprewell, arrived in Malaysia on Thursday.

And Cheng Huat, who led Malacca to the Agong Cup and the Kelantan Warriors to the Malaysian National Basketball League (MNBL) title, is ready to guide the Asian All Star against the legends.

“We have Jaber (Rouzbahani) of Iran ... he’s very tall and we’ll utilise him to stop Rodman,” said Cheng Huat.

“Besides, we have a very strong team ... one fully capable of beating the former NBA stars.”

Rouzbahani, who is one of the tallest players in the world at 2.29m, led Iran to the Asian Championship title in 2007.

The other players in the Asian All Star include Jun Iwasa (Japan), Nino Canaleta, Rommel Adducul (Philippines), Yang Yu Ming (Taiwan), Cameron Stuart (New Zealand), Folarin Deola D’Brown (Nigeria) and Chris Kuete (Cameroon).

The Malaysians in the team are Westports Malaysia Dragons duo B. Guganeswaran and Kuek Tian Yuan.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is expected to attend the match with Basketball Youth Academy Malaysia chairman Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

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