LEBRON James remained hopeful he can make a third trip to the Philippines after his upcoming visit got cancelled a day before his supposed arrival.
The three-time NBA champ posted on his official Twitter account @KingJames on Thursday explaining that ‘unfortunate events’ led to the scrapping of the Manila stop of his Battle the Doubt Asia tour.
“Unfortunate events has cancelled my trip to the Philippines. Always have enjoyed my trip there. Hopefully I can come back soon,” tweeted James, who ended his tweet with the hashtags #SFG (Strive For Greatness) and #RWTW (Roll With The Winners).
But instead of shedding light to the cancellation, James’ tweet seemed to add to the ambiguity of the situation. Speculations have emerged online about possible reasons behind Nike’s decision to leave Manila out of James’ Asian tour this year. Some have cited the recent Davao City bombing and the heightened alert throughout the country as the cause, while others have noted the issue between President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Barrack Obama.
On the other hand, Nike said in its statement Wednesday that ‘logistical challenges’ were behind the last-minute decision to call off James' 'Battle the Doubt' tour in Manila.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star was scheduled to arrive in Manila on Thursday with a mini-camp to be conducted immediately at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
No one knows exactly if James’ ‘unfortunate events’ is the same as Nike’s ‘logistical challenges’ explanation, or if the speculations surrounding the cancellation are the true reasons for the decision to leave out Manila in the tour, for that matter. But what’s certain is, ‘The King’ is optimistic in making another visit to the Philippines. And based on his track record of delivering the NBA title to Cleveland, the man knows how to keep his promises.