MANILA, Philippines – Ryan Araña brought the NBA Finals atmosphere to the PBA, not necessarily with his play but with his fashion sense.
The GlobalPort guard came to their game against the Alaska Aces on Saturday, June 2, wearing a suit shorts, mimicking idol LeBron James’ getup during Game 1 of the ongoing NBA Finals. (READ: LeBron makes NBA Finals fashion fuss with suit shorts)
“Just to show some support din kasi I’m a LeBron fan talaga ever since kahit saan siya pumunta. At least, maganda rin, positive din ang nakukuha kong feedback sa social media,” Araña told reporters after the game.
(I’m just showing some support because I’m a LeBron fan ever since, no matter where he went. At least, I’ve been getting some positive feedback in social media.)
LOOK: Ryan Araña mimics idol LeBron James' Finals Game 1 getup of a shorts suit.— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) June 2, 2018
Araña says: May kasabihan nga sila, 'If you don’t perform, japorms.' #PBA2018 | @dioquinodelfin pic.twitter.com/wc0iPerM1n
However, like the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar losing the Finals opener against the Golden State Warriors, Araña and the Batang Pier also suffered the same fate, surrendering a 103-109 loss to the Aces.
“Bawi na lang siguro next game. Medyo minalas eh. Same ‘yung kapalaran namin ng Cavs eh. Siguro bawi kami next game,” Araña said.
(We’ll probably just bounce back next game. We were unlucky. We had the same fate as the Cavs. We will bounce back next game.)
Although admitting that he endured the scorching summer heat, the veteran said he also wants to set an example to his fellow PBA players.
“Minsan, may mga players na nakapangbahay lang pumupunta ng game. So siguro respect na lang din na magpunta tayo ng game na well-dressed para magandang tignan sa ibang fans at kagalang-galang din pagdating sa game.”
(Sometimes, players come to games wearing the same clothes they wear inside the house. We have to have respect and come to games well-dressed so it will be pleasing to the eyes of the fans.)
Araña was barely a factor in the loss, going scoreless in more than two minutes of action and he had more reasons for strutting a suit.
“May kasabihan nga sila, ‘If you don’t perform, japorms.'”
(There is an adage, ‘If you don’t perform, japorms.)
The Batang Pier seek to end a two-game skid when they face the San Miguel Beermen on June 13 at the Mall of Asia Arena. – Rappler.com