(Photos by Flavius Dulce/Sports Gateway PH)
Manila, Philippines – Steven Adams of the Oklahoma CIty Thunder, former NBCA coach Reggie Theus, and the Laker Girls will attend NBA 3x Philippines presented by AXA from July 22-23 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena Music Hall. Registration for NBA 3x Philippines 2017.
NBA 3X Philippines 2017 will feature 3-on-3 tournament featuring men’s and women’s teams of all skill levels as well as NBA entertainment throughout the weekend. The 2017 edition of NBA 3X Philippines started with a preliminary tournament last July 15-16 at DOn Bosco Technical Institute of Makati which determines the participants for the finals at the SM Mall of Asia. Additionally, the league conducted an NBA Cares clinic for 10-14-years-old boys and girls at the indoor court of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Engineering on July 19.
The competitive 3-on-3 tournament includes divisions for boys (under-13, under-16, under-18, and open category), girls (under-16 and open category), an invitation only Celebrity Division featuring local personalities, as well as a new division exclusive to AXA employees and distributors.
The OKC Thunder center visited the NBA Store in Glorietta 3 Makati on Tuesday to answer questions from the media.
Adams, who is a first time visitor in the Philippines said that he is currently having a good time and is amazed on how the Filipino loves the sport. He also mentioned that he is loving the food here, specially Halo-Halo and Sisig.
Questions about having Paul George in Oklahoma was also asked to the New Zealand national and answered that George will be a big boost to the team next season.
Adams, a 7’0″ center from New Zealand, was drafted 12th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunders in the 2013 NBA Draft. He was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2014. During the 2016-2017 season, Adams averaged 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1 block per game.
Theus was drafted 9th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1978 NBA Draft and selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1979. two-time NBA All-STar, Theus played 13 season in the NBA before playing internationally. He was named head coach of the Sacramento Kings during the 2007-08 season before becoming an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2009-2011. He is currently the head coach of Cal State Northridge in the NCAA.