Mabuhay! NBA Global Games 2013 – A First for the Philippines


NBA just made history in Philippine soil with the recently-concluded pre-season NBA Global Games in Manila featuring the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers. After many years, an actual NBA game was finally held for the very first at the Mall of Asia Arena last October 10, 2013 which the Rockets have won 116-96 in front of millions since the game was also aired live in the States and other cities. 

James Harden, Paul George, Danny Granger, Dwight Howard, Chandler Parsons, Roy Hibbert and Jeremy Lin did not disappoint their legions of fans when they played to the delight of basketball die-hards. Before the game, the players along with their crew and families had the chance to shop, take a cab,sample Pinoy dishes and delicacies and simply act as excited tourists!

NBA Legends Ron Harper, Clyde Drexler, Robert Horry and Kiki Vandeweghe added extra spice to the week-long hoops fiesta when they graced and inspired more kids to be sports-active during NBA Cares clinic. The biggest surprise was the honorable presence of Boston Celtic great now Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird! Hats off to head coaches Frank Vogel and Kevin McHale for bringing out the best in their cagers. Even more epic was NBA Commissioner David Stern making his personal opening remarks and thanking each and every Filipino for our support before game tip-off! 

A big chunk of the credit and gentle pat on the back also goes to NBA Philippines Country President Carlo Singson and his hardworking team alongside sponsors/partners for stitching all these together to become a truly historic & unforgettable event. 

As we basketball lover Pinoys through social media suggest and encourage for a future pre-season game sequel with the LA Lakers or Miami Heat, we can all hope and pray that NBA makes an RP comeback sooner than we expect! 

*Many thanks to online pics from Twitter/FB*
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Houston Rockets Team proudly pose in front of the Mall of Asia signature globe.
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Indiana Pacers pose proud by the MOA globe. The ball is their globe too!

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