La Salle Greenhills’ standout Kobe Paras said sharing even a few moments on court with National Basketball Association (NBA) legend LeBron James was awesome.
Paras, the son of 1989 Philippine Basketball Association Rookie of the Year and MVP awardee Benjie Paras, became a social media star of sorts after a YouTube video of him dunking past the 6-foot-8 Miami Heat star forward at a Nike promotional event went viral.
“It was great. The experience with LeBron is really awesome,” said the 15-year-old Paras. “I’m hoping that experience will happen again. I’m very lucky to be there.”
Kobe’s older brother 17-year-old 6’2 Andre Paras, who is playing for the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons said he was very happy and proud to watch his brother show off his dunking skills in front of LeBron.
“LeBron is my brother’s idol ever since and I’m so very proud that his dream finally becomes a reality,” Andre told the Manila Times over the weekend. “We are just watching him (LeBron) in the television most of the time, but last week was great.”
JOSEF T. RAMOS