HOW far would you go to see LeBron James in person?
Paul Albar is willing to lose three days’ worth of pay just so he could camp out for tickets to his idol’s first visit in the Philippines next Tuesday when the NBA icon holds a fans’ day at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
The 28-year-old fan was among the early birds, along with his wife, Joy, who formed a long queue outside the Nike Park outlet in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig on Tuesday for limited, coveted passes that will be released on Wednesday noon for the rare event dubbed 'Witness History.'
Albar, 28, said he went on leave for three days from his work at a leading call center agency branch in Philcoa and has been waiting in line since midnight. He was fourth in line when he arrived.
“No choice eh,” Albar told Spin.ph. “Hindi mo ‘to mabibili sa iba eh. regalo na ‘to ng Nike, so ang puhunan mo na lang talaga yung pagod para makuha mo yung ticket.”
Albar has been a LeBron fan since James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Finals in 2007, when they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in four games. He now collects limited edition LeBron shoes, which he would also get from campouts.
“Sapatos pa lang yun. How much more kung yung tao na talaga yung darating, in person, makikita mo kung gaano siya ka-laki, ka-tangkad? Talagang worth dying for yung ticket,” Albar said of the Miami Heat superstar.
An estimated 200 people were already waiting in line by Tuesday noon. And Albar expects the line to triple by day’s end, saying, “Kilala ko, ang daming sneakerhead sa atin. Tinalo pa natin sa US.”
“Kung may seating arrangement sa event, siguro isa na ako sa magiging swerte. Sana nga may freebies man lang, kahit bimpo ni LeBron, lalo na pag makita mo pa siya. Talagang star-struck.”