THERE'S a video making the rounds on social media sites of a kid displaying superb dribbling skills with two balls, pulling off routines even players thrice his age can't do.
But he better be good for two reasons. One, he's the son of pro player Denok Miranda. Two, his first name is Chris Paul.
Or CP for short.
You can't help but be impressed with the dribbling routine displayed by CP in the video posted online by Mav's Phenomenal, a basketball training group. The kid is afterall five years old.
Denok bared that at a very young age, CP - yes, he's named after the Los Angeles Clippers guard - got hooked on basketball and has been tirelessly honing his skills since.
The veteran GlobalPort guard also let out one secret:
"Walang biro ha, sa bola ipinaglihi ng misis ko 'yan eh,” said Miranda of his son by wife Joan.
“Sobrang adik sa basketball ng batang 'yan. Ilang oras maglaro ng bola, pagkagising pa lang niyan bumababa na agad sa garahe yan. Pagkagaling sa school review muna, istrikto ako run eh, tapos bababa ulit - laro hanggang hapon na yun,” he said of his sons, who rarely play with their toys.
Miranda declared that CP has been playing since he was three years old.
“Three years old pa lang nag di-dribbling na yan. Nahawa sa kuya niya naglalaro sa Zobel,” said Denok, whose older son, Dwyne James, named after former Miami Heat stars Dwyane Wade and Lebron James, plays for the Under-12 team of De la Salle Zobel.
“Hindi ko pinilit yung maliit, na-impluwensya ng kuya 'yan saka sa akin, lagi kasi nanonood ng laro ko 'yan,” he said.
Here's the video:
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Miranda bared that his son doesn’t actually idolize him in the PBA, but the young lad looks up to Talk 'N Text star guard Jayson Castro as his idol.
“Si Jayson ang idol nun eh. 'Yun ang ginagaya niya. Pero syempre, papaluin ko siya kung di ako ang una niyang idol,” Miranda said in jest.
The two siblings, according to Denok, are also keen to mimic NBA stars by watching videos of highlight plays on YouTube.
“Ginagaya nila yung mga NBA players eh. Papanoorin nila tapos susubukan nila gayahin gaya sina Steph Curry, Kryie Irving. Ganun,” he said.
“Ginagaya na nila' yung mga napapanuod nila: Two balls, cross over, lahat.”
Miranda bared that he is leaving no stones unturrned in his sons development. He has enrolled the two at Mav’s Phenomenal Basketball training camp in Paranaque to hone their basics.
Here's another video of the Miranda brothers:
“Pinapa-train ko rin sila sa Mavs Phenomenal. Kasi di naman enough na ako lang magturo sa kanila. Maganda yung may mga professional trainers din na hahawak sa basic development nila gaya ng dribbles at basic moves. Syempre, PBA player ako, advanced lahat alam ko,” he explained.
The kids exposure to basketball doen’t end there.
Miranda revealed that it has been regular routine for him to bring his two kids to practice during holidays so they can personally witness how it is being professional cagers.
“Madalas sumasamsa yang dalawa na 'yan. Nagshu-shooting-shooting sila. Tinuturuan ko sila run. Nakikita nila si Terrence (Romeo), si Stanley (Pringle). Yung maliit ko si Jayson Castro ang idol. Kaso di ko naman pwede dalhin sa practice. Peor nakikita niya sa Moro Lorenzo (Gym),” he said.
And what is his basic advice to his kids?
“Parehong point guard yan eh. Yun gusto nila. Kaya sabi ko: ‘Priority niyo as point guards … pasa, tapos pag libre dun lang titira. Pero dapat flawless ang tira, hanggat maari huwag imintis. Saka depensa at rebound, pinatuturo ko na sa kanila,” he said.
Does he see his kids standing outin the future?
“Oo naman. Ang aga nahasa ng mga 'yan kaya malaki ang paniniwala ko na baling araw, mararating o malalagpasan pa nila narating ko,” said the former Far Eastern University star.