'THE King' finally arrived in this basketball-crazy country, without much fanfare.
Basketball superstar Lebron James, considered the best player in the world today, slipped into town in a private jet on Monday evening for his one-day whirlwind Manila tour dubbed `Witness History.’
Fresh from his second straight NBA championship with the Miami Heat last month, James came over on a private jet that took him straight to a private tarmac within the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Only a small number of people were around to welcome the four-time MVP – who was wearing a headset and garbed in a yellow shirt and jeans - as details of his arrival were kept under the wraps.
His entourage was immediately whisked away to the posh Makati Shangri-La Hotel.
`King James’ however, will have little time to rest for his first-ever visit in the country.
On Tuesday, the 28-year-old native of Akron, Ohio, is going to have his hands full as he holds a press conference at lunch time and grants quick one-on-one interviews with select members of the media.
Two hours after, he’ll be visiting the Nike Park at the Bonifacio Global City, the same site where 7,000 basketball fans gathered for two days last week to get free tickets to the `Witness History’ tour courtesy of Nike.
The Miami Heat superstar will then cap the day with a personal appearance at the Mall of Asia Arena where he’s expected to grace a skills challenge involving some Nike endorsers, among other events.
The MOA Arena activity is set at 4 p.m. but gates will be closed at 3:30 p.m.
James is set to leave Manila by Wednesday morning.