National Basketball Association (NBA) super star LeBron James encouraged all aspiring basketball kids to give their best to achieve their dream of becoming the best player in the world.
In a short press conference on Thursday at the Nike House of Rise basketball gym in Mandaluyong City, the Cleveland Cavaliers small forward said that he can relate with all the kids who play basketball.
“I try to take full advantage of it. My story speaks for itself. I’m a kid who took a lot of hardwork and sacrifice and a lot of love to the game. I know what the kids are going through. I can relate to them,” said James.
“I think more than teaching the skill set comes the inspiration behind it. I’ll tell the story and use it to better themselves. That’s more important than that,” added James, who marked his second visit in the country. The last time was two years ago.
He served as a coach in the Nike Rise reality basketball documentary on Thursday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The 11-time NBA All-Star will stay for three more days in the country.
James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player winner, said that it is a great humbling experience to teach kids how to become one of the greatest players in the world.
“It feels great to be able to be someone that people look up to so that they can rise to the occasion. It comes from my upbringing. My story speaks for itself,” he added. “My mom put me in this position. She had the strength to raise me by herself.”
“The Filipino basketball fans are very excited. That’s why I’m excited to be around with the fans again. I’m looking forward to this opportunity. They really love the game,” he added.