Simon Atkins accepts Gerald's basketball challenge

Posted at 06/18/2011 6:07 PM | Updated as of 06/19/2011 7:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle University basketball player Simon Atkins has accepted actor Gerald Anderson’s “challenge” to play a one-on-one basketball game.

This, after Anderson learned about Atkins’ admiration for his longest on screen partner, actress Kim Chiu.

“Okay lang sa akin kasi friendly game lang naman. It’s fun also to see na Gerald Anderson playing against me. If he wants to do it, sige we’ll set it. I’m excited for it in a way. Nervous din kasi if natalo ako nakakahiya ‘di ba,” Atkins said.

Asked who he thinks is better in the court game, Atkins said: “Siyempre siya. Maraming nagsabi sa akin magaling daw siya sobra. Siguro nag-concentrate lang siguro siya sa showbiz.”

During Anderson’s “Super Fans Day” hosted by “E-Live” last June 4, Anderson revealed that he was surprised when Atkins was linked to Chiu.

Atkins considers this flattering.

“Flattering na iyon kasi siyempre compared to him, hindi naman ako isang Gerald Anderson... Maybe kasi siyempre hindi naman maiiwasan na si Gerald he cares about Kim din naman siyempre. I guess ‘pag mayroong ibang lalaki na sa tingin niya puwedeng maiba siguro ‘yong feelings ni Kim sa kanya... ganoon din naman ako. Siguro kapag mayroon akong ex tapos may ibang lalaki, siyempre hindi rin naman maganda ‘yong feeling,” Atkins shared.

In a separate interview, Anderson said he was just kidding when he “challenged” Atkins.

“Joke-joke lang iyon. Actually napapanood ko ang mga games ng La Salle kasi mahilig talaga ako manood ng basketball,” he said.