Reporter National Basketball Association (NBA) four-time Most Valuable Player LeBron James left an advise to 24 players who participated in Thursday’s Nike Rise Tour at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“Rise above everything,” James said during the exhibition game between the Black and White Nike team that featured University of California Los Angeles standout Kobe Paras, Ateneo’s Chris Newsome, Chris Ellis of Ginebra, Jeff Chan of Rain or Shine and a 12-year-old girl Kristine Cayabyab, among others.
“These kids are really amazing. No matter what it is, they rise above adversity,” the 30-year-old 11-time NBA All-Star James said to the crowd while the 24 young players who participated in the Nike documentary watched. “You have to rise, rise above everything. You are all unbelievable and I love you guys.”
He just sat the entire game, but the fans were shouting “LeBron James! LeBron James!” convinced him to play for the white team in the last five minutes.
He responded and wowed the fans with two high-flying dunks including a powerful slam in the final seconds.
The Black team though won the game over the White team, 100-86.
Cayabyab, who won the hearts of the spectators while playing for Black team, took the three-point shootout title beating Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo de Manila University, RR Garcia of Barako Bull and former Adam¬son player Ewon Arayi.
On Friday morning, James visited a tenement in Bicutan, Taguig to make handprints on a cement cast. The two-time NBA champion was the third NBA player to visit the place after forward Paul George of Indiana Pacers and Jordan Clarkson of Los Angeles Lakers.