WATCH: Fil-Canadian kid shows off insane handles during NBA halftime, goes viral
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 14, 2018 10:52 AM
Beyond the unintentional viral hit, learn more about the kid himself and the movement that has been guiding him and other Filipino-Canadians.
A bunch of lucky Filipino kids got to play on an NBA court last Tuesday during the halftime break of the Toronto Raptors’ home game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
They’re part of the Filipino Basketball League, a non-profit organization for Pinoy youth in Canada spearheaded by enthusiast Wallie Landicho.
One kid, 10-year-old Filipino-Canadian Zachary Walker made the most of the rare chance to play on the Raptors’ home floor as he channeled his inner point god and showed off some slick handles in one possession.
His fancy move earned him 3.8 million views and nearly 790,000 likes when the NBA posted a clip on its official Instagram account.
784.4k Likes, 8,254 Comments - NBA (@nba) on Instagram: "OK, we see you! 🔥"
Views from the sideline 👀👀 . So much has happened since last night, I just want to say thank you to everyone who followed and messaged me, I promise to never stop working hard 💪🏼 . And S/O to my trainers @loadedskills_ for always pushing me to work hard every day. The grind never stops. . The energy in the crowd was amazing and I hope the next time I play on this court it isn't just for a halftime show 🔥🔥
1,566 Likes, 75 Comments - Zachary Walker (@zach_ballin30) on Instagram: "Views from the sideline 👀👀 . So much has happened since last night, I just want to say thank you to..."
The video was then shared by different online sports outlets as well.
Walker is just one of the shining examples of how much the FBL sticks to its mission of providing "competitive play at affordable prices while providing a fun family atmosphere for Filipino youth and families,” according to NBA Canada.
More than the unintentional viral hit, however, the organization has broader dreams for its youthful participants.
“They hope this new league will help Filipino athletes to hone their skills, showcase their talents and continue to play at a competitive level into their college years,” NBA Canada shared.