source: Reynaldo Belen | InterAKTV
The Powerade Tigers will honor one of the greatest players in PBA history, Kenneth Duremdes, in a jersey retirement ceremony during their game against the Alaska Aces at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
Duremdes, the 1998 PBA Most Valuable Player, ended his career with Coca-Cola franchise and currently serves as a team official. Curiously, he had his best years in the PBA as a member of the Aces.
Among those expected to grace the occasion is former team executive JB Baylon, who left the organization last month amid issues surrounding the sale of the Powerade franchise.
Duremdes had earlier planned a comeback this season so that he could retire on his own terms; he ended his playing career abruptly in 2008 when he took over Coca-Cola’s coaching reins after the firing of Binky Favis. Instead, Duremdes decided to retire for good.
He joined the Coca-Cola Tigers in 2007, in a trade from Sta. Lucia alongside Alex Cabagnot in exchange for Denok Miranda and Manny Ramos.
The third overall pick in 1995 by Sunkist, Duremdes blossomed into a PBA superstars after he was traded to Alaska in late 1997. He led the Aces to two titles in 1998 before winning the MVP award, and again starred for the team in its 2000 All-Filipino title-winning campaign.
A versatile scorer and playmaker, he represented the national team in the Asian Games three times — in 1994 in Hiroshima as an amateur player tapped to beef up the Philippine team, in 1998 in Bangkok, and in 2002 in Busan.