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Rockets, Pacers get crazy welcome in Philippines

Oct 7, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

source: AP


Basketball and the NBA are huge in the Philippines — remember the games over there during the lockout? It was wild.

But the NBA had never taken a game there — until Thursday, when the Rockets and Pacers will face off over there. The two teams will play in Manila then travel for a second game in Taipei, Taiwan. Things are going to get crazy for Jeremy Lin there.

But things are already pretty crazy in the Philippines, check out the photos on this page. The teams have been greeted like rock stars with crowds everywhere. You can bet the coaches just love this distraction during training camp, it’s not like both of these teams enter the season with huge expectations on their shoulders. (Read that last sentence again in a sarcastic voice.)

We’ll have more from this game and this trip down the line, but for now enjoy the images.


  1. antistratfordian - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    To say that the Philippines is basketball crazy is an understatement. I’m surprised it has taken this long for the NBA to take it seriously. You think they would’ve went there in the 80s or early 90s when the United States was still running the place.

  2. boots44 - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    They can eat at the jolly bee

  3. lemfax - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM


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