The popularity of NBA Cards in the Philippines had its peak in mid 90s when His Airness, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls ruled the NBA. The popular and sought-after players that time, besides Jordan, were Grant Hill, Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway, Jason Kidd, Dennis Rodman, rookies Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Steve Nash and a little later, Tim Duncan. I used to hang outs at the old Virra Mall in Greenhills, SM Centerpoint and other trading points in Metro Manila and had grand time swapping, trading, selling, buying cards with collectors and avid NBA fans. It was pure fun that time until the Asian financial crisis ruined and messed the whole thing. The prices of the cards went high and became unaffordable.
I am a KG fan from the time he was drafted in 1995. He was second to my all-time best player, the legendary Michael Jordan of Chicago Bulls. Kevin Garnett jumped directly into the NBA in 1995 out of high school. Drafted No. 5 pick overall, he became the fifth player to enter the league without having played college basketball. For 12 seasons, Garnett stood as the lone wolf in
. The “Big Ticket” carried the team on his shoulders and while being paid handsomely for the big task (more than $200 million), he fell short of taking his team to the finals. Garnett produced an MVP season in 2004. He got Minnesota within two victories of a finals berth that year. Minnesota
Last July 2007, the T-Wolves traded KG to the Celts in a seven-for-one trade, the largest in NBA history. With Paul Pierce and Ray Allen already in the roster, the Celtics have been transformed into an instant title contender. The Celtic’s last championship came in 1986 courtesy of the original big three --- Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. The team is now poised to make another title run with Garnett, Pierce and Allen.
Today, the Boston Celtics has the best win-loss NBA record at 32-6.