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Exciting Debut of Former NBA Players at IBL (Indonesian Basketball League)

14 January 2024

Jakarta, Jan 13th - The IBL Tokopedia 2024 competition has started, the excitement is already starting to be felt. Former NBA players showed off their skills on the first day of matches in four cities, Saturday 13 January.

Three former NBA players, namely Malachi Lewis Richardson and Thomas Earl Robinson (both ex-Sacramento Kings) and Kevin OrnelMcDaniels (ex-Houston Rockets) led Pelita Jaya Bakrie to beat hosts defending Champion Prawira Bandung 76-66 at C-Tra Prawira Arena Bandung.

Jabari Bird, former Bostin Celtics player led Rajawali Medan to beat Pacific Caesar at GOR Pacific Surabaya, 85-79 while Mycheal Jerome Henry (ex Memphis Grizzlies) played a role when Satria Muda Pertamina won the match against Borneo Hornbilss at Gelora Bung Karno Senayan Basketball Building, Jakarta, 94-72.

“This season's IBL competition will be more competitive and also entertaining ti watch, former NBA players will also add color to the competition. "The hope is that this level kf competition will have an impact on improving the skills of local Indonesian players and lead to the achievements of the Indonesian national team," said the Chief Executive Office m IBL, Junas Miradiarsyah who was present at the national tipp off match at C-Tra Prawira, where the Minister of Youth and Sports Dito Ariotedjo officially opened the 2024 IBL Tokopedia, season #21.

Exciting matches will continue. Today, Sunday 14 January, Satria Muda as host will be challenged by Dewa United Banten which also has former NBA player Jordan Adams (ex Memphis Grizzlies). It will be very interesting to wait for the rivalry between Henry and Adams, who both played for the Memphis Grizzlies.

“The first day of IBL 2024 was full hiuse. It is hoped that the next matches will be even more exciting. "The competition will step up yo the next level and entertain Indonesian basketball fans with high intense games," said Junas.

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