Red Bull brings NBA star Rajon Rondo to PH

By Alder Almo, The Philippine Star

Posted at Aug 24 2012 06:21 PM | Updated as of Aug 25 2012 08:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines – NBA superstar Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics is coming to the country to share his triple-double skills at the Red Bull Skills Clinic for elite collegiate basketball players next week.

Rondo, who only became the fourth player after Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd in the NBA history to have recorded at least 15 points, rebounds and assists in the same game when he overwhelmed the New York Knicks on March 4 this year with 18 points, 17 boards and 20 assists, will be here from August 28-29 (Tuesday and Wednesday).

The top playmaker in the NBA last season with a league-leading 11.7 assists on top 11.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game will also turn over a refurbished basketball court to a local barangay community.

The NBA All-Star is currently on his Asian tour for the Red Bull King of the Rock in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Red Bull is currently finalizing its plans of bringing the property here in Manila on 2013.

But Rondo has always heard about basketball as the Philippines’ national sport and decided to make a pit stop to see how basketball-crazy Filipinos really are.

Part of his whirlwind tour here is to spend time with young but exceptional college cagers of the UAAP and the NCAA in the Red Bull Skills Clinic, on Tuesday. It is a chance of a lifetime for the select young athletes to be guided beneath the wings of the NBA superstar.

On the next day, Rondo will lead Red Bull Product of Europe’s local court refurbishing project at the San Juan National High School in Barangay Corazon de Jesus in San Juan City from 3 to 4 p.m.

Rondo, whose inspiring ascent to the top of the game, spreading his wings out of the shadows of his more illustrious teammates – Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, who formed what was known then as the Boston’s Big Three – hopes to inspire young Filipino athletes to follow their dreams.