Deadeye shooters Rice, Caidic reunited 7 years after memorable exhibition game
MANILA, Philippines — Glen Rice got what he asked for in his second tour of duty in the Philippines. After his constant yearning to meet Allan Caidic early into the NBA’s Filipino Heritage Week, Rice was finally reunited with his fellow marksman on Sunday, at the Bonifacio High Street.
The two retired cagers joined fans of Golden State—one of the two teams hosting the NBA’s celebration—in watching the Warriors play the Milwaukee Bucks.
“It was one of the things immediately asked for since I got off the plane,” he added. “It’s nice to have Allan—Mr. Trigger(man) here—so we could just have our ‘shooters’ talk.’”
Rice once led the NBA in 3-point percentage and was a member of the 2000 Los Angeles Lakers that won the title. Caidic’s repertoire, too, is nothing short as he holds the PBA’s highest output in a game (79), and is one of the league’s “25 Greatest Players.”
“I'm so happy and flattered na narining ko ‘yun—na after seven years naalala pa rin niya ako,” Caidic shared. “Natutuwa ako na nabigyan ng pagkakataon ng NBA Philippines na magkaroon ng chance na mag-meet kami bago siya umalis ulit papuntang US.”
“Oh man, it was unbelievable,” Rice said of their second meeting—which happened candidly over Filipino snacks like taho, adobo-stuffed pan de sal, and piaya.
Rice and Caidic during the last leg of NBA's Filipino Heritage Week here. | NBA Philippines Photo
“He’s one of the guys who is definitely an inspiration here for the young generation,” the three-time NBA All-Star said of the PBA legend.
Ever the humble guy, Caidic was also quick to deflect credit on their unforgettable 2010 showing.
“Alam ko namang pinagbigyan niya lang ako noong time na ‘yun,” the Filipino said. “Sabi ko nga I’m so happy na they took the backseat. Binigay sakin ‘yunge centerstage na parang ako pa ang bida kahit na mga certified NBA superstars in front of the Filipino crowd [dapat].”
This time around, it was the “Triggerman” who made an assist—giving the now Miami Heat scout a token before flying back to the United States. Caidic gave Rice a copy of his memoir on the game of basketball.
“Simple token lang na para maalala niya ang Pilipinas. Kasi dun sa book na iyon, it revolves around basketball eh. Basketball is my life, basketball became my career. Eh parehas naman kaming player, parehas naman kaming retired, parehas kaming shooter, so makaka-relate siya dun sa book na ‘yun,” Caidic shared.
“Sabi ko magandang souvenir ito from a friend here in the Philippines. Habang bumabiyahe siya pabalik, kahit pwede niya basahin sa eroplano,” he added. “Very light book lang naman ‘yun.”
But Rice, too, wasn’t going away without a shot.
“Take care of that arm for him!” the American told Cadic’s wife in jest, referring to Allan’s most valuable weapon.