It’s a day to go down in the history books. Possibly the best assortment of basketball players in the world to ever hit the shores of the Philippines at the same time!
When In Manila, you’d have to be living in a cave to not know that basketball is the favorite past time of most sports loving Filipinos.
So it was with great cheers and excitement for Filipinos everywhere to hear about their favorite NBA stars coming to the Philippines!
Led by their player-coach and possibly one of the best players to ever play the game, Kobe “the Black Mamaba” Bryant, this all star cast of NBA giants set forth to conquer the Philippine hard court.
Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, JaVale McGee, Derrick WIlliams, Chris Paul, Tyreke Evans and James Harden are coming to showcase their talents vs the Philippine Basketball Association PBA All Stars for this Smart Gilas all star weekend.
I was fortunate enough to be invited by my friends from Meralco for inviting me to the exclusive press conference with some of the top basketball players in the world.
Meralco is part of the MVP sports foundation whose main thrust is sports development. Proceeds of this Ultimate All Star Weekend will go to the foundation to fund the development and support for 8 sports – basketball, taekwondo, soccer, badminton, cycling, running, boxing and tennis.
Just like all the other Filipinos out there, I was WWAAAAAAAYYYYY too excited about seeing these world renowned athlete up close and personal. I wasn’t expecting to see them that near to me as they walked right in front of me.
You can see some funny pictures here of their body guards holding me off.
You’ll see an even funnier video of me acting like a FAN GIRL as Chris Paul walks past me and says “hey” to me.
Anyway, we’re up for an exciting weekend! Thanks again to Meralco for supporting this event and for inviting me to the press con.
The NBA vs PBA Ultimate All Star Weekend!
Multiple Championship winning, former NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant
2010 NBA Most Valuable Player: Derrick Rose
Four-time NBA All-Star and New Orleans Hornets star player: Chris Paul
Oklahoma City Thunder two-time scoring champion: Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder’s: James Harden
Guinness Book of World Records holder for dunking the most basketballs in one try: JaVale McGee
Multiple NBA Championship winner: Derek Fisher
The Sacramento Kings’ 2010 Rookie of the Year: Tyreke Evans
2011 NBA Draft second over-all pick: Derrick Williams
This truly is an all star cast!
When In Manila, be sure to tune in to the games and cheer on your favorite NBA and PBA players!
Thanks again to Meralco for inviting us over. Thanks to Sam Martin Chua for being WhenInManila.com‘s official photographer for this event.
NBA PBA All Stars Exclusive: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and more
The NBA vs PBA: Ultimate Allstar Weekend