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An Afternoon ('Til Early Evening) With Damian Lillard

Dame returns to Manila to make up for lost time
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jun 16, 2016
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Filipino fans savored the brief spell of NBA star and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, as he visited the country for the second time on Tuesday.

The All-Star guard first came in the Philippines during the "Last Home Stand" a couple of years ago, where a supposed exhibition game between several NBA players (Lillard included) and the national team was scrapped at the last minute.


Dame was back to make up for lost time and treat his local supporters to a day of basketball inebriation. FHM wasn't going to miss this once-in-a-blue-moon spectacle, and we have photos to prove it:

Lillard was welcomed by a warm Filipino contingent at no less than the sports club Kerry Sports Manila at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Fort.

Sports scribes and fans were armed and ready with a surplus of questions for the superstar. From his clutch mentality to the free agent he would like to team up with (Kevin Durant!), Lillard gamely responded to each query.

The guys from Boys Night Out, Sam YG, Tony Toni and Slick Rick, were also present to moderate the Q&A.

Dame is also in town to promote his signature sneaker, the adidas D Lillard 2 (PDX Carpet colorway, as seen here).

Here's Dame looking like he has an idea of the outcome of the recently concluded national elections.

Despite the stringent security mesures (read: burly bodyguards), some diehards were brave enough to have their memorabilia signed and sneak a selfie with their hardcourt hero.

Aside from the press corps and corporate guests, local basketball personalities were also present, like brothers Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena.


After the media scrub, all headed down to the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the tour's main event, #DameTimeManila, hosted by UP baller Diego Dario and FHM Cover Girl Melissa Gohing.

For starters, winners of the #DameTimeManila promo got to set foot in the famed court, put a few moves on, and even win some cool stuff!

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Not too long after, Dame entered the building in front of a rousing Araneta crowd.

He was joined by host KC Montero, who quickly warmed up to the surprisingly candid baller.

Making things better was Jasmine Curtis-Smith dropping by just to, what else?

Either way, both of them got lucky.

Shortly after, a three-point contest ensued between Lillard, Chris Tiu and Josh Urbiztondo.

While the two PBA players started things off, the Portland Trail Blazers' all-time leader in threes limbered up on the other side of the floor.

The recipe for Dame's killer crossover? Cross your opponent up...

...pull your meanest face...

...then step back and swish!

Unfortunately, Lillard seemed to have been affected by jet lag, as Tiu beat him by a hair.

Unfortunately, that was the most we got to see from Dame, as he just called the shots in the culminating exhibition game between Team Dame and Team Lillard.

At least Star Hotshots player Alex Mallari earned quite the compliment from Lillard, who compared the former to San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili.

Even though he didn't suit up to the delight of the crowd, Dame was gracious enough to change into his hip hop alter ego Dame D.O.L.L.A. and drop some sick bars.

'Til next time, Dame!


Photography Mark Jesalva

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