NBA Craze in the air y’all!

by - Thursday, August 15, 2013

Err, I’m not really a solid basketball fan but I can say that I appreciate Championship games a lot. I got these influences from my dad and my brother. Now, beware that I will be saying little basketball terms that might shock some.

Did you know that one of the NBA Pre-season games will be held here in the Philippines? The pre-season game will be between the teams of Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers. It will be held at the Mall Of Asia Arena on October 10, 2013. It will be the first NBA pre-season game in the Philippines. Cheers to that!

To name a few of the NBA Superstars of these teams, Paul George, Jeremy Lin and James Harden are some of the players to be expected in Manila in a few months time.

Now, why am I saying this? It is because in accordance to this pre-season event, the NBA 3X Philippines 2013 was held last July 26-28, 2013 at the Mall of Asia Music Hall, Pasay City and Philippine International Convention Center, Metro Manila. If you’re wondering what NBA 3X Philippines is, it is an event presented by Sprite wherein Basketball fanatics are in for a treat as boys and girls of all skill levels-with an open division for men and women-will be able to participate vie for top honors and bragging rights. The event will be based on the FIBA 3-on-3 format and rules, and provide participants and fans the total NBA experience with entertainment and unique interactive elements.

Take note, males from age 10 years old and above and female from the age 13 and above can form a team and play among other skilled basketball players of their division.

Aside from the usual registration location of the 3-on-3 tournament divisions, an NBA 3X Jeepney plied city routes and visited schools to invite registrants and make it easier for them to register in the tournament.

Let's take a sneak peek of what's inside this awesome jeepney. 

This pretty DJ is pumpin' up everyone at the MOA Music Hall. Everyone is just so hyped!

The presenting partner Sprite was there to quench the thirst of everyone as they watch the different basketball games. 

Phoenix is also there to entertain everyone with their basketball ring.

On the last day of the NBA 3X, I was able to witness the Semi-Finals of the VIP Division. (How lucky can I be? J) Different TV celebrities like Rovilson Fernandez, Marco Alcaraz, Ervic Vijandre, Bobby Yan, Young JV, Mark Zambrano, Jace Flores, and JC Tiuseco, running guru Rio Dela Cruz (Run Rio) and TV Sports Casters Dominic Uy, Jason Webb, Richard Del Rosario, Mico Halili, TJ Manotoc, Marco Benitez, and Charles Tiu.

Among the additional activities NBA had organized to boost the energy and excitement of the basketball fans are the autograph of (drum roll please? J) none other than James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Eric Gordon of the New Orleans Pelicans and the Indiana Pacemates (Indiana Pacers Dance Team)

For those who are still new to NBA, Eric Gordon came from Los Angeles Lakers. Notice that this big guy is a member of the 2010 Team USA squad that won the gold Medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.

The NBA Cares-Special Olympics had touched my heart so much. Little boys from the NBA Cares Program were there to practice their basketball skills with the help of a coach. Even Air Grizzie was there to help the boys with basketball. They were all such a cutie!

Even Isabel Oli was therew to interview the basketball superstars!

If you can just imagine how starstrucked I was the moment I saw these faces upfront! I am indeed very lucky to get snapshots of these huge faces of NBA. I must say that I’m already a fan of Harden eversince his OKC Days.  

James Harden had recently been acquired by the Houston Rockets just prior to the start of the 2012-13 NBA season. He made his debut for the Houston Rockets in the 2012-13 season opener, where he had 37 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and four steals. His 37 points tied for the second most for an NBA player in his debut with a new team.      

The VIP Meet and Greet with James Harden of Houston Rockets and Eric Gordon of New Orleans Pelicans was still pushed through the Music Hall despite the hard rain. Everyone was so ecstatic the moment these towers walked by the half court.

The Tower of Power Benjie Paras and his son Kobe Paras were also there to meet and greet such NBA superstars.

It was a fun day Sunday for every basketball fan who got to witness this one of a kind event.

Do you want to know what’s next for NBA here in the Philippines? There will be the Adidas D Rose Tour series on September 15-16. Better mark your calendars!

For more information about the NBA 3X, log on to Fans can also get updates on the event by following the NBA on twitter at and through facebook and /philsnba.

Note: I took all the photos during the event. Except for the ones i'm in.

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