MANILA, Philippines – Paul George is truly back.
The Indiana Pacers forward was fearless as he threw down impressive dunks before spectators Monday night, July 20, at the Nike Rise event in Manila.
The 25-year old two-time All-Star did not show any weakness, coming off a gruesome leg injury last year as he easily executed 360 dunks – one in between the legs.
He never had a second attempt for any of his 4 throwdowns.
More than putting on a show, the 6-foot-9 NBA star took to the court with 24 Filipino youth selected for the Rise campaign, helping them in drills, giving advice, and scrimmaging with them. (READ: Paul George puts on show, scrimmages with PH youth)
George was very much into the game that, at one point, 16-year old Kristine Cayabyab from Dagupan, one of only two girls in the 24-player selection, managed to steal the ball away from George and finish with a lay-up on the break.
The Rise program aims to give young potential basketball players a chance to not only showcase their abilities, but also to train and hone their skills under professional mentorships from former national team head coach Chot Reyes and assistant coach Jimmy Alapag during a 6-week intensive training program.