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    Nets' Lopez at home in basketball-mad nation

    Aug 17, 2012
    Brooklyn Nets Brook Lopez graces the opening of the NBA 3x event at the Mall of Asia Activity Center. Jerome Ascano

    NBA veteran Brook Lopez now knows two things about the Philippine culture: the Filipinos’ passion for basketball and their Italian dishes with a Pinoy twist.

    The Brooklyn Nets center is currently in the country to promote the opening of the 2012 NBA 3x Philippines, an event he knows would be a hit for the country’s basketball-loving fans.

    “It’s your favorite sport here so that made me really excited to come out and meet some people and definitely talk some basketball,” Lopez said on Friday as he promoted the event, now on its second year, at the Mall of Asia Activity Center.

    The 7-foot slotman said it’s his first time in the Philippines and his only connection to the country previously was his Filipino friend and former high school teammate Ryan Raypon.

    The 24-year-old Lopez said Raypon, a point guard who once played for PBA D-League team Cobra last year, told him to try a dish in a famous fastfood chain.

    “Ryan told me the first thing to do in the Philippines is go to Jollibee and try the spaghetti,” said Lopez, an American-Cuban cager.

    Lopez headlined the cast of NBA personalities who graced the 3-on-3 basketball show. He is accompanied by the Charlotte Bobcats Ladycats dancers and the Orlando Magic’s mascot, Stuff the Magic Dragon. They will be in the country until Monday.

    The event has three boys’ divisions, one girls’ division, one men’s division, and one women’s competition.

    It continues on Saturday with the pool games, KFC 3-point bucket shootout, Kit Kat 100-point beast break, and the Sprite Skills Challenge still in store. The playoffs and the finals of the respective events will be on Sunday.

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    Brooklyn Nets Brook Lopez graces the opening of the NBA 3x event at the Mall of Asia Activity Center. Jerome Ascano
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