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Episode 4 - The NBA in Manila

In 1979, the Washington Bullets visited Manila for a game against a selection of PBA players, marking the first official visit from NBA players to the Philippines. Since then, a number of players have visited, both for NBA-sponsored games and events, like the Houston Rockets v Indiana Pacers 2013 preseason game, and for their own sneaker tours and personal visits. LeBron James has been memorialized at the famous Tenement court with his handprint, Chandler Parsons had fans asking his dad for an autograph, and Robin Lopez said he and Wesley Matthews “felt like rockstars” while visiting. However, one NBA star rises above the rest when we think about the impact he had on the Philippines - both at an individual level, connecting with fans one-on-one, and as a nation of basketball lovers. Cassidy Hubbarth and Nikko Ramos discuss the NBA players who have visited the Philippines over the years, and the lasting legacy of the Black Mamba.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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