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Jul 12, 2013
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Get ready to come down hard on your keyboard for this little bit of news that is worthy of social media exclamation: LeBron James is coming to Manila. From Shaquille O’Neal to Kobe Bryant, the Philippines has been lucky enough to have been visited by its NBA idols, and The King figures to be the biggest yet.

                                                                            See? He's very, very tall

Fresh off a championship with the Miami Heat, the NBA star will be coming to town on July 23, 2013. With the help of Nike Philippines, James will be here for a one-day visit  designed “to inspire young Filipino athletes to strive for greatness and keep working hard as he did to win two consecutive championship titles.” While his stay might seem short, the excitement we’re already feeling (along with a strange desire to play basketball right now to mimic LeBron’s Spurs-killing jumpers) tells us that one glimpse of the global icon would be enough.

Because wherever you figure on the LeBron Love/Hate Spectrum, seeing him is the stuff you tell your future grandkids about. “Kids, sit around and let me tell you about that one time I saw LeBron James. Four-time NBA MVP. Back-to-back champ. Olympic gold medal winner. And two-time NBA Finals and NBA All-Star MVP.” Feel free to update the resume as we’re guessing that his basketball accomplishments are still far from complete.

               LeBron James: multi-awarded athlete and creator of the most pompous use of powder ever

It’s a resume that began when as a high school student, his phenomenal ballin’ skills forced ESPN to broadcast his high school games live, and left Sports Illustrated with no choice but to put him on the cover. Today, after a definitive performance against a tough, championship-caliber Spurs team in the 2013 NBA Finals, James has become the epitome of that Drake song that goes “Started from the bottom, now we here.”

                    No word yet on whether the megastar's NBA trophy will be in tow during his Manila visit     
     
Along with the visit, Nike is also giving Filipino fans the chance to leave personal messages for LeBron through social media, radio, and retail activation starting July 12, 2013. By visiting the Nike Basketball Facebook and Twitter pages, fans can “leave a message” for the two-time champion along with a photo of themselves that express their a personal message to LeBron. The caption of the photo should tag Nike Basketball Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/nikebasketball.phils) on Facebook or @NikePH on Twitter, both including the hashtag #WITNESSHISTORY.  

Tickets to the Lebron James Manila visit will be distributed at Nike Park in Bonifacio Global City at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Tickets are free of charge and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Only two tickets will be given per person. Good luck,everyone!

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