Harden headlines NBA 3X in Manila

James Harden headlines the NBA 3-on-3 tournament in Manila this July.

THE BEARD IS COMING. Harden returns to the country. Photo from James Harden's Facebook page.

MANILA, Philippines — The NBA invasion continues.

All-Star James Harden of the Houston Rockets will be in the country more than two months before the NBA Global Games for the NBA 3X event at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Harden, who led the Rockets to the playoffs this season, will be joined by Eric Gordon of the New Orleans Pelicans as they run clinics and interact with fans on from July 26-28.

“I’m excited to return to the Philippines,” said Harden, who played an exhibition game in the country two years ago. “Filipinos have an unmatched passion for basketball and I look forward to meeting the fans and catching some of the best basketball talent the country has to offer.” 

The NBA 3X is a 3-on-3 tournament featuring for boys and girls in different age categories and is played in 14 countries outside of the United States. 

Just yesterday, adidas announced that former NBA MVP Derrick Rose will be heading to the Philippines, too while the first NBA Cafe in Asia will open in the country this September. – Rappler.com

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