MANILA – Houston Rocket’s James Harden and New Orleans Pelicans' Eric Gordon will be visiting the Philippines for the NBA 3X event at the SM Mall of Asia on July 26-28, the NBA announced on Friday.
NBA 3X Philippines 2013 marks Harden’s first of two trips Harden will make to Manila this year, which will also include the first-ever NBA Global Games Philippines 2013 in October.
The NBA All-Star steered the Rockets to the NBA Playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 NBA Season, leading the team in scoring (26.33 PPG), assists (4.50 APG) and steals (2.00 SPG) during their postseason run.
“I’m excited to return to the Philippines to be a part of NBA 3X,” said James Harden. “Filipinos have an unmatched passion for basketball and I look forward to meeting the fans and catching some of the best basketball talent the country has to offer”.
Gordon, meanwhile, averaged 16.98 PPG, 3.26 APG and 1.83 RPG over the course of the 2012-13 NBA Season for the New Orleans Pelicans (formerly New Orleans Hornets).
NBA 3X Philippines 2013, presented by Sprite, will also have free fan activities including a slam dunk contest, basketball clinics, 3-point shootouts, skills challenges and autograph sessions.
There will be performances by the Indiana Pacers’ dance team the Pacemates, Memphis Grizzlies’ mascot Grizz, live bands and DJs, as well as NBA merchandise giveaways.
The competitive 3-on-3 tournament features groups for boys under-18, under-16, and under-13, and for girls under-18 and under-16. There will also be an open category for both men and women.
Registration for NBA 3X Philippines 2013 presented by Sprite begins June 20, on a first-come first-serve basis, and will run till July 12 or until all slots are full.
NBA 3X Philippines 2012 saw record levels of demand with over 250 teams on the waitlist vying to get a spot into the tournament. As a result, the Philippine International Convention Center has been added as a second venue to accommodate more teams.
“The ongoing support from our Filipino fans is amazing and helps bring our game to life through NBA 3X presented by Sprite,” said Carlo Singson, Philippines Country Manager, NBA Asia. “Our passionate fans follow the NBA all season long on TV, NBA.com and through social media, and we are excited to bring NBA 3X Philippines back as a prelude to our first-ever NBA Global Games Philippines 2013 this October.”
“We are excited to continue on this journey with the NBA and establish the NBA 3X Philippines presented by Sprite as a marquee event in the Philippines," said Jing Atienza, Sprite Group Brand Manager at Coca-Cola Philippines. “Sprite and the NBA are long time partners and this is a great event for the whole family to come out and enjoy.”
Along with presenting partner Sprite, official partners of NBA 3X Philippines 2013 include adidas, KFC and Phoenix Petroleum. Official NBA broadcasters are SOLARtv Network Incorporated (Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV) and Studio 23. X-Play Online Games Inc. (X-Play) and PhilStar.com will act as official media partners, while Spalding, SM Mall of Asia and SM Cinemas will act as supporting partners.
All participants of the NBA 3X Philippines 2013 presented by Sprite will receive a jersey and NBA sling bag. There will also be prizes for the winner of each division. Registration fees for the age divisions run at Php1,000 per team, and for open divisions at Php1,600 pesos per team.
Including the Philippines, NBA 3X will be conducted in 14 countries outside of the US this summer.
For more information on NBA 3X Philippines 2013 presented by Sprite and to register for the 3-on-3 tournament, log on to www.nba3x.com/philippines. Fans can also get updates on the event by following the NBA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nba_philippines and through Facebook at www.facebook.com/nba3xasia and www.facebook.com/philsnba.