MANILA, Philippines – Former Ateneo Blue Eagles star and Gilas Pilipinas member Kiefer Ravena received something very special in the mail.
In a post on his Instagram account, the 22-year-old shared a video of himself opening a box that contained a pair of Nike Zoom Soldier 10 Camo shoes and an accompanying letter from none other than 3-time NBA champion LeBron James.
“You’ve accomplished great things in basketball but I know, you know, it can even get better,” Ravena read what James said in the letter.
“You want to become the first Filipino player to make it to the NBA. Don’t let the dream go. Be the strong, determined, resilient person you’ve always been. Set the tone, be the benchmark, destroy the doubts that the world continues to throw at you and your country. Conquer the world. – LeBron James.”
Ravena, who wrapped up his UAAP career last season with two titles, has been busy improving his game and his conditioning with training in Las Vegas as well as with the national team.
He also played for Mighty Sports in the recent Merlion Cup, where they suffered a heartbreaking defeat to the Shanghai Sharks in the final.
Ravena met James during his previous visits to Manila.
James, a 4-time NBA MVP, was supposed to return to Manila last month but canceled his trip at the last minute due to “logistical challenges.” – Rappler.com