MANILA, Philippines – LeBron James, one of the biggest basketball stars today, visits the Philippines. Natashya Gutierrez reports.
When the King comes, his fans go wild.
Basketball superstar LeBron James visits Manila for the first time.
The 4-time NBA MVP is considered the best player in the world today.
LEBRON JAMES, BASKETBALL SUPERSTAR: This welcome right here is something that I will never forget.
A pumped-up James eggs the crowd on before leading a training camp with the Philippine national team and college all-stars.
Later, he joins them in a game and shows off his moves.
The players are just as starstruck as the fans.
JIMMY ALAPAG, PHILIPPINE NATIONAL TEAM: It was pretty special. To have the current NBA champion, the current MVP. It was a special experience for all of us.
James is in the country for a one-day Nike tour.
He praises Filipinos’ for their passion for basketball.
Lebron just led the Miami Heat to its 2nd NBA final in 2 years.
He says he is not thinking of his legacy, but is focusing on doing his best in every game.
LEBRON JAMES, BASKETBALL SUPERSTAR: I really don’t want to think or talk about it. I’ve got a lot more to prove to myself and a lot more to accomplish.
The 28-year-old says he would like to return to the country.
NATASHYA GUTIERREZ, REPORTING: LeBron James vows to make sure Filipinos keep loving basketball. But he may not have to worry about that at all. After all this visit alone is sure to leave a mark on his diehard fans.
Natashya Gutierrez, Rappler. Manila.