LEBRON James once again didn't disappoint, entertaining Filipino fans for the second time in three years at the packed Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday in his Nike Rise Tour.
The NBA star electrified the crowd with his presence and brief appearance during an exhibition game that featured the 24 players of the reality basketball documentary Nike Rise as well as teen sensation Kobe Paras, and some PBA players.
After sitting courtside to watch the festivities, the Cleveland Cavaliers star finally entered the game to play for the White team late in the second half. Quickly, James wowed the crowd with his high-wire act, capping it off with a two-hand jam in the final seconds.
The White squad lost to the Black side, 86-100.
Afterwards, James threw autographed balls to the crowd as well as the jersey he wore during the exhibition game.
James also signed the shoe and gave an autographed basketball to one of the Nike Rise players, Tintin Cayabyab, who was the darling of the crowd after winning a three-point shootout at halftime.
He then addressed the crowd, saying that he appreciates the love from the Filipino fans.
“You guys are un-freaking-believable,” James said.
James also encouraged the basketball fans to support the Nike Rise program as well as the 24 kids who took part in the basketball documentary.
“Rise. Rise above everything. No matter what it is. Rise above the adversity. And these are what the kids are doing. So please look out of them,” said James.
In closing, James said: “I love you, guys. I love you.”