James Harden caps off Manila tour by thrilling Pinoy fans
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 27, 2019 10:30 AM
James Harden thrilled hundreds of Pinoy fans during his Free To Harden Manila tour
Seven-time NBA All-Star James Harden of the Houston Rockets capped his two-day adidas Free To Harden Manila 2019 tour off with a busy second day, filled with media obligations, fan meet-and-greets, and a massive event at the SMX Convention Center.
After getting a workout in early Tuesday morning, Harden headed over to the adidas Store in Two Parkade, Bonifacio Global City to hold a rapid-fire media scrum with various news outlets and blogs.
The 2018 NBA MVP answered questions about the inspiration behind his signature shoe, his consistency, and his influence on aspiring basketball players all over the globe.
Following the quick inteview session, a handful of lucky fans were able to get up close with The Beard for a special meet-and-greet, which featured even featured members of the UAAP champion NU Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team.
Among those who were able to meet and greet @JHarden13 were some members of the UAAP champion NU Lady Bulldogs Women's Basketball Team.— Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) June 26, 2019
Safe to say they were really delighted with the experience | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/wWm7KZkiHr
After the event at the adidas BGC store, Harden took a well-deserved rest before heading over to the SMX Convention Center for another full slate of activities.
Harden conducted a quick presser where he was able to field more questions from other members of the media, before heading down to the Free To Harden Manila Lifestyle Hub for the event proper.
The main program consisted of a number of fun and exciting games featuring other Three Stripe athletes such as Rey Nambatac, Diego Dario, Kobe Paras, Bright Akhuetie, and many others. They participated in games such as a 3-on-3 scrimmage, a 'Stepback' Three-Point Shootout, and a modified game of H.O.R.S.E. called B.E.A.R.D.
#FreeToHardenManila | adidas athletes including Jason Credo, Aljun Mariano, Jay-Jay Alejandro, Bright Akhuetie, Diego Dario, and Richard Escoto playing some 3on3 | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/Jv7ZDlKTY4— Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) June 26, 2019
#FreeToHardenManila | JJay Alejandro and Diego Dario are back out, this time joined by Rey Nambatac, Renzo Subido, RaShawn McCarthy and Jerrick Ahanmisi to participate in a "Stepback" Three-Point Shootout | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/VVd5zVAhPx— Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) June 26, 2019
Harden ended things by giving a message of thanks to the fans who came out and then went around to sign more autographs for lucky fans.
The eventful two-day trip marked Harden's fifth time in the Philippines, and judging on the fan reception and Harden's words, it surely looks like it won't be the last time here for The Beard.