MANILA – National Basketball Association (NBA) star Blake Griffin apologized to Filipino basketball fans for not making it to Tuesday’s Gilas Last Home Stand charity event, which will pit several NBA players against the national team Gilas Pilipinas.
In a video posted on YouTube, the LA Clippers power forward said he had to take care of things back home, which is why he will be missing the event. He, however, promised to make it up in the near future.
“First of all, I really wanted to apologize for not being there with you. Something from home needs urgent attention but I do hope to make it up to you and be out there soon,” said the 6’10” NBA player.
“I'm really looking forward to spending some one-on-one time with you and come and do all the great things that I missed today with the charity and the kids, and, of course, spending time with all of you,” added Griffin.
The player also apologized to businessman Manny Pangilinan, who organized the event as his birthday treat to local basketball fans. He also left a message for members of the Philippine national basketball team.
“MVP, I'm really sorry for not being there, and to Gilas, I'll keep an eye out for you when we see each other in Spain.”
NBA players who will be participating in the two-day charity event include James Harden, Tyson Chandler, Terrence Ross, Ed Davis, Brandon Jennings, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Johnson, Kyle Lowry and 2014 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.
Paul George, of the Indiana Pacers, has also reportedly skipped the event due to personal reasons.