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Glen Rice lauds a Filipino basketball legend: 'He’s up there...You talk about the Larry Birds, Glen Rices, Steph Currys'

In 2010, Glen Rice found his counterpart when he visited the Philippines.
Allan Caidic and Glen Rice

Allan Caidic and Glen Rice

Back in the 90s, a host of small forwards and shooting guards marked the three-point area as their territory. The 1995 NBA three-point shootout champion and former Charlotte Hornets star Glen Rice was among them.

How lethal was "G Money" from downtown

During his prime years in the league, Rice logged his best three-point shooting average in 1997, finishing his second season in Charlotte with a staggering 47% accuracy. Atop that, he did not hit any lower than 38% from beyond the arc from 1990 to 1999.

In simpler terms, Rice is the guy who would dish out the ball whenever you need a sure trey. So this is also exactly what fans worldwide remember whenever they hear "G Money."

Rice found his Asian counterpart?

In August 2010, Rice and fellow former NBA stars Gary Payton, Chris Webber, and Mitch Richmond flew overseas for the NBA Asia Challenge. One of the Asian countries they visited was the Philippines.

Of course, part of the said visit was a friendly basketball match between two teams composed of a mix of the NBA greats and the Philippines' PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) legends.

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Initially, it seemed like just another game starring aging hoopers. Until PBA all-time great, Allan Caidic, a.k.a "Triggerman," began making it rain from downtown. The then 47-year-old's hot hand erupted for a whopping 54 points on a 14 out of 26 shooting from the three-point line, all in just 24 minutes of action.

Rice, who was playing on the same team as Caidic, also finished the game with an impressive tally of 19 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. But what was interesting in "G Money's" totals? All his five assists were feeds to Caidic.

Recounting the moment ten years after, Rice heaped praise on Caidic once again.

"Trigger, that's my man. Allan, that's my man," Rice told Tiebreaker Times in 2020. "When we had the opportunity to come there and play with some NBA players, I tell you, he is definitely top-notch shooter."

"You have to put him in the top of the class, especially because he went out there at his age," he raved. "He went on and put on a show when it comes to shooting. 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."

Glen Rice, Tiebreaker Times

Rice may have become the best three-point shooter in the world at one point. But who knows, perhaps Caidic was too…in another part of the world.


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