By: Justin Valencia
Glen Rice believes that Allan Caidic is one of the world’s best shooters.
And he was able to witness it firsthand.
Back on August 27, 2010, former NBA stars came to the Philippines to play in the NBA Asia Challenge alongside D-League stars, PBA legends, and current players at the Araneta Coliseum.
The legends include the likes of Rice, Gary Payton, Chris Webber, and Mitch Richmond.
Also there to put on a show were then D-League stars Richie Frahm — who served as an import for Talk ‘N Text in 2002 — Darnell Lazare, Mark Tyndale and Chris McCray.
But even with all that talent, one man stole the show, and it was not from the foreign guys.
Then-47-year-old Allan Caidic, one of the best shooters in PBA history, gave the visitors a jaw-dropping performance.
He erupted for 54 points on 14-of-26 shooting from the three-point line in just 24 minutes to lead the Red Team to a 177-167 victory over White Team.
Rice, reminiscing that moment a decade later, is still in awe of Caidic’s touch.
“Trigger, that’s my man. Allan, that’s my man.
“When we had the opportunity to come there and play with some NBA players, I tell you, he is definitely top-notch shooter,” said Rice, speaking in the NBA Republika Playoffs Party press conference, Thursday.
The NBA legend was the teammate of “The Triggerman” that game, finishing with 19 points, eight boards, and five assists, all issued to Caidic.
And so when asked where he would rank “The Triggerman” on his all-time list of top shooters, Rice offered high praise for the PBA record-holder for most points in a game by a local with 79 points.
“You have to put him in the top of the class, especially because he went out there at his age. He went on and put on a show when it comes to shooting,” he said.
“I would have to say that he’s up there with all the shooters. You talk about the Larry Birds, Glen Rices, Steph Currys, and what not. He is definitely gonna feel at home in that group.”
And that is how you impress NBA legends. Burning the net with 14 triples at 47 years old.