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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who is of Filipino descent, plans to visit the typhoon-ravaged Philippines next summer. “My aunts and uncles in and around Manila are safe and far away from the destruction,” Spoelstra said. “I’ve been in the area that took most of the damage when I’ve been on other visits. It wasn’t just the storm. There’s no infrastructure. There are shantytowns with living quarters having no foundation. It looks as though wide areas of the communities have just disappeared.” Palm Beach Post

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Friday, a typical day for most of us. A day wrought with terror in the Philippines as super typhoon Haiyan made landfall. The NBA has numerous ties to the Philippines. Many players have travelled there on goodwill trips. The NBA hosted a preseason exhibition game between two of its top teams — the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets — this October. Two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who is the first Asian-American head coach among all four professional sports leagues in the United States, is half-Filipino. SheridanHoops

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes and former NBA point guard Stephon Marbury both took to social media to express their heart felt sentiments. I wanted to take a minute to send my thoughts and prayers to those people who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines this week. It saddens me to read how many people were affected by this tragedy especially those who were trying to bounce back from an earthquake that struck them in mid-October. SheridanHoops

October 11, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers have fans all over the world, including the Philippines. Dwight Howard, playing an exhibition game Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines, received scattered boos and "Kobe" chants as the Houston Rockets faced the Indiana Pacers, according to InterAKTV. The Rockets won handily, 116-96, but Howard struggled with nine points, five fouls and four turnovers in about 24 minutes. Howard was applauded on his lone free throw make in four tries. Los Angeles Times

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

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