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NBA Philippines hits jackpot with Facebook, Twitter livestreaming

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:51 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers are online kings as their early games generate 5 million total views and 3.9 million total viewers on NBA Philippines Facebook

THE KING. LeBron James is arguably the most followed NBA player in the Philippines and the Lakers are one of the more popular teams in the country, so it was a no-brainer why their games attracted millions in Filipino viewers. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP


NBA Philippines streams more live games on Facebook, Twitter

Oct 25, 2019 - 4:02 PM

There may be no local TV deal yet, but NBA Philippines says more games will be livestreamed this season

BASKETBALL TREAT. Filipino fans get to access more NBA games and highlights on social media. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Jr NBA Philippines names 10 All-Stars

May 21, 2019 - 7:05 AM

The 5 boys and 5 girls will represent the country in the Jr NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp

FUTURE IS BRIGHT. Five boys and 5 girls have made their mark in the Jr NBA Philippines 2019. Photo from Jr NBA


LOOK: NBA Stores to close down by end of August

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:02 PM

It's time to say goodbye to the NBA Stores across the country

CLOSED. The NBA has opted to scatter back its merchandise across local sports stores. Photo from NBA Store PH Instagram account

LOOK: Donovan Mitchell holds mini-clinic, attends PBA’s Manila Clasico

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The NBA Rookie of the Year candidate makes his Philippine visit worthwhile

Missing out on the finals action? Check out this P50 NBA League Pass

May 24, 2018 - 9:36 PM

More Filipino fans can watch live NBA action – and more – as Smart and PLDT offer an affordable day pass

BROADEN NBA'S REACH. NBA Philippines' partnership with PLDT-Smart expands the number of platforms available for Filipinos to watch NBA live. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Young Filipino ballers impress Sacramento Kings center, WNBA legend

May 20, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein and Sheryl Swoopes take charge in coaching and selecting the members of the 2018 Jr NBA Philippines All-Star squad

SHANGHAI-BOUND. The selected All-Star team are rewarded with a trip to Shanghai for the NBA China Games 2018. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Kings center, WNBA legend to grace Jr NBA camp

May 09, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Sacramento's Willie Cauley-Stein and WNBA Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes will serve as mentors in the two-day training

EXCITED. Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings says he's eager to share his basketball knowledge. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Jr NBA Philippines 2018 aims for 35,000 Filipino participants

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Jr NBA Philippine recommits to uplift the grassroots basketball program of the Philippines

TIP OFF. Jr. NBA Philippines brings another chance for the Filipino basketball youth to nurture and improve their skills. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Solar files estafa complaint vs ABS-CBN execs over NBA row

Aug 18, 2017 - 3:57 PM

ABS CBN says it will take appropriate legal action to hold Solar responsible for this unfounded action

NETWORK WARS. The row between Solar Entertainment Corporation and ABS-CBN Corporation over NBA airing rights moves to court. File photo

WATCH: Jebb Bulawan shows off powerful dunks at NBA 3X Philippines

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Jebb Bulawan is the 2017 NBA 3X Slam Dunk champion

Steven Adams doesn't know much of PH hoops, but he knows Kobe Paras

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Aside from Paras Adams has in the past played with Filipino teams back home in New Zealand

FILIPINO HOOPS. Steven Adams shares what he knows about Philippine basketball. Photo by Sophanna Roath/Rappler

WATCH: Steven Adams on the NBA's best facial hair and more

Jul 19, 2017 - 9:06 PM

The 7 foot Oklahoma City Thunder center is in town for the NBA Philippines 3X event happening from July 22 to 23 the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall

WHO IS COOLER? ENES OR STEVEN? The Oklahoma City Thunder big man takes his pick, along with who has the best facial hair in the NBA. Photo by Sophanna Roath/Rappler

Adams believes George will 'easily come in and feel comfortable' at OKC

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:27 PM

Steven Adams emphasizes the importance of having the right attitude towards the team as key to playing well and generally getting along

Photos by Sophanna Roath/Rappler

WATCH: Steven Adams talks about Kobe Paras, Paul George, and Enes Kanter

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:21 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder big man chats with Rappler about his teammates and what he knows of the Philippines

WHAT DOES STEVEN KNOW OF PH HOOPS? Steven Adams knows of one player from the Philippines: Kobe Paras. Photo by Sophanna Roath/Rappler

Steven Adams on what it's like to grow up the youngest of 18 siblings

Jul 19, 2017 - 6:13 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder center during his visit to Manila to promote NBA Philippines 3X shares tidbits about his childhood

YOUNGEST OF 18 KIDS. Steven Adams of the OKC Thunder shares tidbits of what his childhood was like. Photo by Sophanna Roath/Rappler

Steven Adams will play for NZ national team 'when time is right'

Jul 18, 2017 - 6:43 PM

Should the 7 foot Adams join the Tall Blacks he is likely to clash with Gilas Pilipinas due to the integration of FIBA Asia and FIBA Oceania

STEVEN ADAMS IN MANILA. The Thunder center is in Manila to promote NBA Philippines 3X. Photo by Sophanna Roath/Rappler

Brook Lopez says Kobe Paras a 'role model' for chasing NBA dream

May 29, 2017 - 2:47 PM

He s being a great role model for the younger players here says the Brooklyn Nets big man during his visit to the Philippines

CHASE YOUR DREAMS. Brook Lopez says it's great to see Kobe Paras chasing his NBA dream in America. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

OKC's Enes Kanter endeavors to help young Filipinos during PH visit

May 12, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes beyond the basketball court to provide inspiration to underprivileged children

GIVING BACK. Thunder player Enes Kanter says seeing talented kids who "didn’t have hope" inspired him to give back. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Magic's Payton, ex-WNBA player Wicks to coach Jr NBA camp in Manila

May 05, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Elfrid Payton and Sue Wicks will host events in the Philippines from May 12 14

MANILA BOUND. Sue Wicks and Elfrid Payton are heading to the Philippines to coach young players. Wicks photo from Wikimedia, Payton photo from Instagram

ABS-CBN, Sky Cable dispute Solar’s 'unpaid fees' claim - report

Apr 21, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Sky Cable says the reason NBA coverage has been interrupted is that Solar not themselves have significant outstanding debts

HOOPS HEADACHES. Both Sky Cable and Solar agree that unpaid fees are to blame for NBA fans missing some channels as the playoffs begin. They disagree about who is at fault, however.

Unpaid 'carriage fees' root of Sky Cable's NBA channels mess – report

Apr 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The column alleges that ABS CBN which owns Sky Cable owes millions worth of carriage fees to Solar

Sky subscribers frustrated as NBA Premium, BTV unavailable for playoffs start

Apr 16, 2017 - 4:08 PM

No timetable for when the hoops channels will be restored for Sky Cable subscribers has been given

NBA to hold Filipino Heritage Week in March

Jan 31, 2017 - 4:28 PM

The Golden State Warriors as well as the Miami Heat will host Filipino Heritage Nights in March

FILIPINO HERITAGE WEEK. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will hold a Filipino Heritage Night in March to coincide with the NBA's first Filipino Heritage Week event. Mike Ehrmann / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams to visit PH for NBA3X

Jul 29, 2016 - 5:04 PM

The 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year will be in Manila from August 19 21

Will the NBA hold another preseason game in PH soon?

Apr 19, 2016 - 5:41 PM

NBA Philippines country manager Carlo Singson answers this question at the official announcement of the league s new Manila based office

Could Tony Parker miss the Olympic Qualifiers in Manila?

Feb 04, 2016 - 3:04 PM

A family matter may lead Parker to sit out the Summer Games

Cleveland Cavaliers ask Filipino fans for help in NBA All-Star voting

Jan 14, 2016 - 12:08 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are asking their Filipino fans to help send LeBron James Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to the 2016 NBA All Star Game

VOTE PA MORE. The Cleveland Cavs understand the social media power of Filipino fans. Photo from Cleveland Cavs Facebook

Ricky Rubio: Philippine basketball ‘pretty close’ to NBA style

Aug 22, 2015 - 6:54 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio says he drew this conclusion after he watched Gilas Pilipinas in the World Cup

LeBron on PH basketball: ‘They definitely love the game’

Aug 20, 2015 - 7:06 PM

The passion of Philippine basketball fans has not gone unnoticed by 4 time NBA MVP LeBron James who is in Manila for his second visit

LEBRON IS BACK. NBA star LeBron James says he can relate to the ambition of the young players in the Philippines. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LeBron James seeks to inspire Filipino basketball hopefuls

Aug 20, 2015 - 6:10 PM

NBA star LeBron James returns to Manila to share his experiences and inspire a new generation of basketball players in the Philippines

THE KING IS BACK. LeBron James greets Manila reporters at House of Rise on his second trip to the Philippine capital. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Former NBA champion Brian Shaw to visit Manila

Jul 20, 2015 - 5:36 PM

Shaw a 3 time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and former Denver Nuggets coach will be in the Philippines as part of the 2015 edition of NBA FIT Week

Brian Shaw, seen during his tenure as head coach of the Denver Nuggets, will visit Manila later this month. File photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AF

Report: Paul George to visit Philippines next week

Jul 13, 2015 - 1:41 PM

The Indiana Pacers forward is scheduled to visit 3 cities in China and the Philippines

LOOK: Jordan Clarkson meets with SBP Chairman MVP

May 24, 2015 - 6:59 PM

Fil Am Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson met with Manny V Pangilinan the main patron of Gilas Pilipinas

Jordan Clarkson poses for a photo with the SBP Chairman. Photo from Chot Reyes' Twitter account

Jordan Clarkson wants to help Gilas Pilipinas

May 24, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Jordan Clarkson would have to become a naturalized player to join the Philippine basketball team but that doesn t stop him from wanting to help

NATIONAL GUARD. Jordan Clarkson wants to assist the Gilas Pilipinas team, whether or not he's on the squad. Photo by Josh Albelda

Jordan Clarkson on his Filipino heritage: 'It’s why I play'

May 24, 2015 - 1:24 PM

Jordan Clarkson whose mother is Filipino can t help but feel at home in his first visit to the Philippines

Jordan Clarkson has been feted as a guest of honor in his first visit to the Philippines. The Lakers guard's mother is a Filipina. Photo by Josh Albelda

NBA players Clarkson, Burke, Grant to visit Manila

May 20, 2015 - 4:00 PM

NBA players Jordan Clarkson Trey Burke and Horace Grant will visit the Philippines from May 22 24

Jordan Clarkson (L), Horace Grant (C) and Trey Burke (R) will get Manila in the NBA Conference Finals mood

Gilbert Arenas to join Allen Iverson in Manila visit

Aug 21, 2014 - 5:30 PM

Former Washington Wizards point guard and NBA All Star Gilbert Arenas will join Allen Iverson Eddy Curry and a select group of Ball Up players in Manila

Former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas, seen during his last Philippine trip in 2008, will return to the country this year. Francis R. Malasig/EPA

How to claim 'Last Home Stand' refunds

Jul 23, 2014 - 1:50 AM

Those who paid the price of admission for PLDT Home s Last Home Stand events at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and want a refund may let their request be known through different ways

NO HOME STAND. NBA player Tyson Chandler chats with Gilas member Gabe Norwood during warmups on Tuesday, July 22. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Events for Day 2 of 'Last Home Stand' Cancelled

Jul 22, 2014 - 10:43 PM

Day two of the Last Home Stand has been canceled as event organizers claim that a game between Gilas and NBA players was never advertised

PLDT chairman Manny V. Pangilinan says he is "extremely disappointed" with how the ambitious event turned out. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Stars about to shine: Rockets, Pacers battle in NBA game in PH

Oct 09, 2013 - 8:17 PM

The Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers face off in the 1st NBA game in the Philippines

STAR SPOTTING. The Pacers will surely get their photos taken when the Global Games fire off tomorrow. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

IN PHOTOS: Harden, Gordon arrive for NBA 3X

Jul 25, 2013 - 6:11 PM

James Harden and Eric Gordon arrived in the country for the NBA 3X and immediately talked about their passion for the game

NBA's Rockets, Pacers to battle at MOA Arena?

Feb 14, 2013 - 12:47 PM

An NBA pre season game in the Phiippines just might happen with MOA Arena teasing hoops fans that big things are coming

Get the chance to meet Coach Spo

Jul 30, 2012 - 8:01 PM

Ten lucky NBA fans will get a chance to meet Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra

Longley: Exposure will get Pinoys into NBA

May 03, 2012 - 7:55 PM

NBA legend Luc Longley surprised that no Filipinos have made the sport s most prestigious league