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October 10, 2013 Updates

A nation of basketball fanatics finally got NBA basketball. A game, or at least a yearning, six decades in the making gripped Manila as preseason game normally could not, as finally the Rockets and Pacers put on the show they had promised, inspired it seemed to have been cherished so greatly. As the game moved to its final seconds, with the Rockets dribbling out the clock on a 116-96 wire-to-wire rout of last season’s Eastern Conference Finalists, the crowd roared and then rose to offer a final salute. “It was a good experience. It was a fun night,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale. “It had a nice vice, a nice amount of energy in the arena.” Houston Chronicle

October 9, 2013 Updates

That is the sort of thing many imagined when they envisioned an NBA career. NBA players making their way through the Mall of America in Minneapolis would experience much the same treatment as the Rockets did in the Mall of Asia in Manila. But there is an inescapable sense that comes with being a part of one game that is so significant to an entire nation. The scenes that accompany every outing and every appearance remind how different the week is from just another week in just another preseason. "It's very important when you recognize our blessings," Howard said. "We have the ability to change people's lives just by spending two, three minutes with them. This is an amazing experience for all of us just to be able to travel around the world and spend time with people who never really get a chance to see us up and close. … This is a blessing." Houston Chronicle

The three-time NBA Most Valuable Player graced a 15-minute press conference with the Pacers at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday, discussing various topics while humorously and intelligently answering queries from the press. Asked which between being a player and being a team executive comes with more pressure, the former Boston Celtics star amused media members with his witty remarks. "Pressure? I don't know what that pressure is," said Bird, drawing laughter from the crowd. "Obviously you've never seen me play.” philstar.com

He still thinks Miami is the team to beat. "It's not easy out there. Chicago got Derrick (Rose) back from surgery. The Brooklyn nets and New York Knicks and of course Miami Heat. It's a challenge, no question about it. If a team gets lucky and stays healthy and plays together, everyone has a chance," said Bird "Right now, Miami is the best team. They won two in a row and until somebody beats them, they are still the best team," he added. philstar.com

Current Rockets players Isaiah Canaan and Chandler Parsons along with Ron Harper, a five-time NBA champion, and Clyde Drexler, a member of the original Dream Team that won the gold medal in the 1992 Olympics, conducted a basketball clinic for 100 wide-eyed students of the school. “First of all it’s great to be here. The NBA is always in the community all over the world. And anytime we come it’s always a great feeling,” said Drexler, who won a championship with the Rockets in 1995. “It’s unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like this,” marveled Parsons, a third-year forward who is expected to have another impactful season this year. Inquirer.net

Chandler Parsons admitted he went out on a dinner date with Philippine actress KC Concepcion on Tuesday night, months after a Twitter exchange that caught the attention of showbiz and sports fans alike. Parsons, a Rockets sophomore who is in the country to play in the NBA preseason game against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, confirmed he met with Concepcion during an interview with local mediamen during Wednesday’s media availability day at the Mall of Asia Arena. “I did,” said Parsons, when asked by a reporter if he had met Concepcion during the Rockets’ stop in Manila for the NBA Global Games. “We had dinner last night.” Sports Interactive Network Philippines

When asked how they got to know each other, Parsons said he was introduced by a common friend to Concepcion, with whom he hopes to do some work in the future. “We had a mutual friend that put us in contact and hopefully, we can have some work together in the future,” said Parsons. Sports Interactive Network Philippines

October 8, 2013 Updates

Jeremy Lin easily stole the spotlight as the Houston Rockets practiced on Tuesday for this week's first NBA preseason game in the basketball-obsessed Philippines. Lin was mobbed by reporters and photographers on a Manila basketball court, a day after the Rockets and Indiana Pacers arrived in the Philippine capital for Thursday's game. "I'm excited to play here and in Taiwan," said Lin, the league's first American-born player of Taiwanese descent. "I think the fans don't get a chance to often watch an NBA game live, so hopefully they'll really enjoy the experience and I think we're going to definitely enjoy it as well." USA Today Sports

September 18, 2013 Updates

To accommodate overwhelming demand, a limited number of additional tickets to the first-ever NBA Global Games Philippines 2013 has been made available for public purchase. The game — featuring the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers — will tip-off at the Mall of Asia Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, as part of the NBA’s comprehensive Global Games schedule and will be the league’s first preseason game in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. The Houston Rockets feature a dynamic young roster led by NBA All-Stars and All-NBA selections Dwight Howard and James Harden, along with emerging stars Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons. The team has played 13 games outside of the US and Canada, including four games in China, two each in 2004 and 2010, and two regular season games in Japan in 1992. The Indiana Pacers, led by NBA All-Stars Paul George and Roy Hibbert, have played overseas twice, most recently in 2009 in Beijing and Taipei. philstar.com

September 13, 2013 Updates

Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose is all set to make his much awaited return in Manila this weekend and every basketball addict out there is talking about arguably the biggest event this September. After a couple of years of long wait, D-Rose is back in Asia's basketball Mecca - Manila. Rose, who's coming off a grueling two years of knee rehabilitation, appears back in full force as proven by a series of one-on-one confrontations he had with several elite Asian ballers, including a Samurai in Japan. International Business Times

September 6, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant has off-season time in China, Italy and the Philippines -- all while rehabbing his Achilles' tendon. With Lakers' training camp scheduled to start around Sept. 28, Bryant will make one last long-distance trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai on Sept. 26 and 27 for the Kobe Bryant Health & Fitness Weekend in Support of Diabetes Awareness. Bryant's first stop Sept. 26 will be at the capital of the United Arab Emirates, where he'll hold a youth basketball clinic. Los Angeles Times

July 2, 2013 Updates

With rumors circling that Lakers center Dwight Howard will be moving to the Rockets this offseason, Singson said that regardless of roster changes, both the Pacers and Rockets will bring all the players for the fans to watch live. "If Dwight or any other player will be traded to Indiana or Houston, both teams will come in full force for the preseason. We heard Indiana will bring along a huge contingent, including some fans," he said. philstar.com

Former NBA player Sam Perkins is in the country to promote the NBA preseason game between the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets, which is slated on Oct. 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. And like every basketball-crazy Filipino fan, Perkins could hardly wait for the game and is happy for the opportunity to drum up interest for it. “I’m thrilled to be part of the process in staging the preseason here,” said Perkins, also fondly known as “Big Smooth”, during Tuesday’s press conference at the Mall of Asia. philstar.com

June 28, 2013 Updates

Former Indiana Pacer Sam Perkins will be in Manila from July 1-July 4 to promote the upcoming NBA Global Games Philippines 2013 featuring the Pacers and the Houston Rockets. The game, which will be played at the Mall of Asia Arena on October 10, is part of the NBA’s comprehensive Global Games schedule and will be the league’s first preseason game in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. Perkins will headline the “100 Day Countdown” event, conduct mall visits and participate in special programs conducted by the NBA and SM Group. philstar.com

May 31, 2013 Updates

Social media users and sports fans wishing to experience an NBA game played in their own homeland decried the "pricey" tickets to the October 10 preseason event. The Indiana Pacers versus Houston Rockets game will be a historic first in the Philippines and Southeast Asia as teams that have played abroad rarely do so in the region. Victor Roque from Ermita, for one, said that hearing the price range of the tickets makes him "cry," while Ivan Manalo from Sampaloc said he would prefer watching PBA games. philstar.com

May 6, 2013 Updates

Yao Ming, the former Houston Rockets superstar, believes a Filipino will someday make it to the National Basketball Association. Yao, who arrived Saturday night, said with China and other countries in Asia able to produce NBA players, it's only a matter of time before the Philippines can also make a splash into the NBA scene. "There are Iran players [in the NBA] and I believe there will be a Filipino in the NBA in the future," Yao, who said through interpreter Guo Weisheng during the Philippines-China Friendship Games presser held at the Solaire Resort & Casino in Paranaque City Sunday morning. Yahoo! Sports Philippines

April 11, 2013 Updates

Jerome Jordan will continue his career in the Philippines with Talk 'N Text. The American big man, selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2010 NBA Draft with the 44th overall, spent this season in D-League with Reno BigHorns and D-Fenders. Sportando

April 3, 2013 Updates

DJ Mbenga will continue his career in the Philippines with Barako Bull Energy. The Congolese forward with Belgian passport started the season in China with Qingdao averaging 11.9ppg and 8.6rpg in 8 CBA games. Sportando

April 2, 2013 Updates

Like many aspiring NBA prospects, Sims is forced to continuously weigh the pros and cons between both playing close to home in the D-League, or making a move overseas to go where the more lucrative opportunities may be. With just a few weeks left in the NBA season and the chances of earning a call-up perhaps growing slimmer by the day, the big man has opted to go where the money is. Overnight Tuesday, Sims was en route to the Philippines, where he will join the Petron squad. At this point in the season, "getting noticed" and being able play stateside could just as well be valued less because of the little time left in the regular season. Thus, it makes sense for Sims to cash in on a different opportunity before perhaps returning to the states in time for Summer League. Ridiculous Upside

March 11, 2013 Updates

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