NBA legends conduct basketball clinics for Filipino kids



By Marjorie Gorospe

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA– Some 30 Filipino kids were taught basketball basics by former NBA superstars Glen Rice and Gary Payton.

The clinic is part of the ongoing NBA Asia Challenge activities that culminates in an exhibition match this Friday between former NBA superstars and their Filipino PBA counterparts.

Former PBA stars Ronnie Magsanoc, Alvin Patrimonio and Benjie Paras also joined the clinic at the Araneta Coliseum, joined by kids from Paranaque City.

The kids learned basics of basketball from passing, dribbling, foot work and shooting patterned after NBA Cares programs in the US and other countries.

According to NBA Asia basketball operations director Jama Mahlalela, the basketball clinic is a form of giving back to the fans and communities supporting the basketball industry.

“This is our chance to give back to the young community and share our knowledge on the game. This is also to instill the kids that basketball is more than just a sport, but rather, it’s about making good decisions and choices in caring about the community,” said Coach Mahlalela.

Mahlalela also helped conduct basketball clinics for the UAAP and NCAA players during the visit of Miami Heat coach Erick Spoelstra.

With continuous training for kids while at a young age, he believes Filipino athletes would have a good future in basketball.

“It is very important that they learn and start playing basketball at a young age and they should have the initiative to know that basketball is more than just a sport,” he said.

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