NBA mania is set to hit fever-pitch in the country when Miami Heat superstar LeBron James comes over for a one-day visit on July 23.
The two-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP will make an appearance at the Mall of Asia Arena during the whirlwind visit dubbed 'WitnessHistory' which will form part of his Asian tour, according to apparel giant Nike.
According to Nike, fans can get special passes to the MOA event that will be distributed free, on a first-come, first-served basis, at the Nike Park at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig on Wednesday (July 17) at 12 noon.
The Miami Heat star will hold a fans' day at the MOA Arena, but all the other details of his visit are still being kept under wraps.
James' visit will highlight months of NBA mania in this basketball-crazy nation, which will also host Chicago Bulls star and adidas endorser Derrick Rose from September 14 to 16 and its first NBA preseason game, pitting the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets, on October 10.
On the other hand, Houston Rockets star James Harden and Eric Gordon of the New Orleans Pelicans are scheduled to come over on July 26.
News of James' visit immediately stirred excitement on social media on Friday, with Rain or Shine Elasto Painter and fellow Nike endorser Paul Lee expressing hope of meeting his idol.
“Syempre, kung may chance gusto kong makita si Lebron, para makita ko lang. Saka syempre sikat yun, kaya papa-picture din ako pag may chance,” laughed Lee.
Another Nike endorser, Ronald Tubid, was surprised when told about the arrival of James.
“Darating nga si Lebron? Aba OK yan ah,” said Tubid.