By Paul Lintag
“There was no way I wasn’t gonna come back here to Manila.” — LeBron James.
After his 2016 visit ended up being cancelled for various reasons, LeBron James vowed to return to Manila and see his Filipino fans again.
A year later, the King kept his word and graced the MOA Arena Saturday with his royal presence, much to the delight of his adoring supporters.
In town for the Strive for Greatness Tour 2017, the three-time NBA champion and four-time MVP watched the Philippine men’s national team, both old and new, play an exhibition game.
And then, with five minutes to go in the 30-minute contest, the King joined in on the fun, finishing off the Youngbloods’ 92-71 victory with dunks, dunks, and oh yes, more dunks.
His impeccable court vision was also on display as LeBron found a white-hot Matthew Wright for a booming three,
And then, perhaps the play of the game, James connected with Ray Parks for a thunderous alley-oop.
LeBron has a thing for keeping his promises. In 2016, after 13 years in the Assocation, he finally gave the city of Cleveland its first NBA title.
In 2017, a year after his previous Manila visit got cancelled, the King came through for his legions of Pinoy supporters.
“I told you guys I was gonna come back and I’m happy to be back,” LeBron said, addressing the MOA Arena crowd.
“I’m happy to be here to spend this time with you guys. There was no way I wasn’t gonna come back here to Manila. I’m happy, you guys are unbelievable. Thank you so much,” he added.
LeBron James, the King, has delivered on another promise. All hail.
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