Return of the king: LeBron wows Manila fans anew

first_imgPolice seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay The 30-minute exhibition game at MOA capped a whirlwind day for the Cleveland Cavaliers star who had earlier presided over a workout session with Gilas Pilipinas players and select media at Kerry Sports.“I said two years ago that I was coming back, but unfortunate things happened and I wasn’t able to make it last year,” James addressed the crowd at MOA Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“There was no way I was not going to come this year to Manila. I’m really happy to be here and to celebrate the time with you guys here. I hope you guys continue to work with me. Thank you for being part of the Lebron James Tour.”James also dropped by The Tenement in Taguig where a mural honoring him was unveiled. “First of all, I’d like to apologize because I promised to be back the last time I was here and it took a long time,” said James, who last visited Manila in 2015.The exhibition game pitted the older batch of Gilas Pilipinas against the younger Gilas crew, which included the 6-foot-11, 15-year-old Kai Sotto, who showed nimble feet and a polished offensive game.Sotto played alongside Kiefer Ravena, RR Pogoy, Ray Parks, Raymond Almazan, Matthew Wright and Mike Tolomia.It also turned out to be a reunion of sorts for Gilas 2.0 members Jeff Chan, Ranidel De Ocampo, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, Gary David, Jayson Castro and retired national team legend Jimmy Alapag.But the array of local stars could not diminish one bit the spotlight and love Filipino fans showered on James, arguably the best —albeit also the most polarizing—player in the planet today.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Arellano, Ateneo score quick wins in PVL collegiate opener Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIEScenter_img During an earlier private training session, James also provided some inspiring messages for players and media people present.“For me, it’s all about believing in yourself; uncertainties will come to your mind but you cannot stop believing especially if you put in the work,” said James.“Sometimes you’ll feel that you’re not doing enough and if you get to that point just look at the mirror,” he added. “At the end of the day you’re the one who’ll control your destiny.” —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETRELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LeBron puts on a show for his Filipino fans anew. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRER.Just like his two previous visits to Manila, NBA star Lebron James thrilled Filipino basketball fans with a dazzling display of skill, power and athleticism in an exhibition game highlighting his “Strive For Greatness” Tour at Mall of Asia Arena.James’ five minute stint was met by cheers from an adoring throng as the three-time NBA champion and four-time Most Valuable Player scored on a wide array of powerful dunks to power Gilas Young Blood past Gilas Originals, 92-71.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dieslast_img

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