MANILA, Philippines – Three-time NBA All-Star and 2012 Three-Point Shootout champion Kevin Love showed off his remarkable range in the Master Game Face All-Star Challenge on Saturday night, impressing PBA stars Chris Tiu and Marc Pingris.
Love competed for both Team Marc and Team Chris in the thee-point shootout that preceded the All-Star Game. For Team Chris, he scored 15 points, and then waxed hot for Team Marc as he scored 19 points.
After the festivities, both Tiu and Pingris could not help but marvel at Love’s ability to consistently drain three-pointers.
"He wasn't even warmed up, and he was just knocking them down effortlessly," said Tiu, whose team won the All-Star Game, 135-110. "And when he got warmed up in the second round, it was just automatic."
"His stroke never changed. It was so consistent. It's unbelievable for someone so big like him, so skilled, so intelligent and strong, and he can also shoot from the outside. How are we gonna defend someone like that?" he added.
Pingris admitted that Love's shooting display motivated him to work on his outside shot, as well.
"Gusto ko gayahin," said the San Mig Coffee big man. "Na-inspire ako. Kaya ako bukas, magpapa-practice ng three points din."
But more than Love’s three-point shooting skills, it was his humility that really struck a chord with both Tiu and Pingris.
"Napaka-humble niya," said Pingris. "May na-meet ako na ibang NBA player na hindi ganoon. Siya, nakikipag-usap talaga, tapos nagbigay ng advice."
"Nag-good luck pa nga siya sa pagpunta namin sa Spain, so nakaka-touch," he added.
"A player like him who's a gold medalist in the Olympics and the world championships, one of the best big men in the world right now, and he's so down to earth, and he's such a humble guy," said Tiu.
"Hopefully, he can come back and visit the Philippines again. I'm sure he has inspired a lot of Filipinos even before he came over, and more so now that they got to meet him up close," Tiu added.