LA Salle Greenhills’ standout Kobe Paras said it was really a great pleasure to play with National Basketball Association (NBA) four-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) LeBron James in a basketball activity held last week at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Paras, the younger son of 1989 Philippine Basketball Association Rookie of the Year and MVP awardee Benjie Paras, said the moment he had with the Miami Heat forward is an overwhelming experience.
“It was great. The experience with LeBron is really awesome,” said the 15-year-old Paras, who dunked in front of the 6-foot-8 James during the fan filled activity. “I’m hoping that experience will happen again. I’m very lucky to be there.”
Kobe’s older brother Andre, who is playing for the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, said it was a proud moment watching his brother showing skills in front of his idol.
“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.”
Andre missed the LeBron James event due to team’s regular practice.
“Of course, I really like to experience the same thing also hopefully,” said Andre. “Kobe is very, very happy with that I’m very sure because it was LeBron.”