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Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant show off in Philippines exhibition

Jul 23, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

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Saturday, NBA basketball was back. Okay, not really. But NBA players (or former, I guess, considering they’re locked out) played in the Philippines on Saturday in an exhibition against the PBA All-Stars. It was a huge event, with a raucous Filipino crowd chanting and cheering everything. Honestly, it was louder than about 95% of all arenas in the NBA. Let’s just say Kobe doesn’t get that kind of reception from his crowd, in-between taco chants. From the Philippino Star:

In return, Kobe Bryant and company, playing under the banner of SMART All-Star team, put on a show to remember, drubbing the PBA stars, 131-105, in the kickoff game of the Ultimate All-Star Weekend at the full-packed Araneta Coliseum tonight.

The game’s result was a foregone conclusion but the crowd waited with bated breath just every move the NBA stars made.

They were more exciting and more adorable up close and personal.

Also awed and thrilled were the PBA stars.

via NBA stars treat fans to memorable show – Home » Other Sections » Breaking News.

JaVale McGee led the way (who saw that coming?) with 25 points, including about seventeen missed layups and one coast-to-coast jam, while Kevin Durant has 22 and Derrick Williams 19. Derrick Rose had only nine points, but then, he didn’t have to score after this jam.

And not to be outdone, KD and James Harden got in the act:

A great time was had by all and another exhibition is set for tomorrow. It should serve as a reminder that these are the best players in the world, and they are irreplaceable. Their talents only last the length of their careers and we should appreciate them while we can.

Ahem… owners… ahem.

  1. Reddy - Jul 23, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    2 Traveling violations on Kobe there.

    • metalhead65 - Jul 23, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      what is this traveling you speak of? from the way they play ball today I thought they had eliminated that from the rule book. I know I am old but when I was learning the game I was taught if you leave your feet you either had to pass or shoot before you came back down. today that seems to be everybody’s first step jump up spin take 2 more steps to the basket when you come down. and you see it everywhere not just the NBA. can’t recall the last time I ever saw a traveling call in any game.

  2. involvement82 - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:49 AM

    Kobe didn’t travel, u must be a Celtic fan with ur big azz NOSE

  3. velascochad - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    its not Philippino – it’s Filipino.

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