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Retired NBA All-Stars arrive for exhibition game

TAIPEI -- Several NBA legends including Hall of Famers Clyde “The Glyde” Drexler and Dennis Rodman arrived yesterday in Taiwan to join other NBA greats in the 2013 All-Star Alumni Game in Kaohsiung on Saturday.

In addition to Drexler and Rodman, the 2013 All-Star Alumni team, coached by George “The Iceman” Gervin, will also include former NBA stars Bryon Russell, Jason Williams and Gary Payton.

The former NBA All-Stars will play Taiwan's national team in an exhibition game at the K-Arena in the southern city.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will help fund the national basketball team's training and further develop the sport in Taiwan.

A press conference to welcome the players was scheduled for later Thursday, hosted by Must Marketing Group, one of the sponsors of the 2013 All-Star Alumni Game.

Last year's All-Star Alumni Game brought Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Mitch Richmond and Horace Grant to Taiwan.

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the game, the players also plan to participate in events such as a golf tournament and a charity auction banquet.

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Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) welcomes a full cast of former NBA stars at a press event yesterday. The visiting NBA legends include Dennis Rodman, Jason, Williams, Gary Payton, Clyde Drexler and Bryon Russell, and are poised to face the Chinese Taipei basketball team in an exhibition match on Saturday evening. (CNA)

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