Despite the #ALDUBBattleForACause and the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball opener, ardent fans still welcomed reigning NBA Most Valuable Player and champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors when he visited the country last Saturday for the Under Armour Roadshow Manila.
The man touted as the league's most unguardable player faced members of the media and a handful of avid followers for a brief press conference at Raffles Makati, before gracing the slated fan event at the Mall of Asia Arena later in the afternoon.
And just like how he swishes every pass he receives, Steph shot back at each question thrown at him by his Pinoy fans:
ON WHAT DRIVES HIM
"What motivates me is that I have been given the chance to play basketball. I want to reach my full potential and get the most that I could gain from it."
ON HIS ABILITY TO STAY POISED IN PRESSURE-PACKED SITUATIONS
"My confidence is built on my preparation. With the amount of time I spend on practice I know I can rely on my abilities no matter what the situation is."
ON HIS LEGACY
"I want to be a Hall-of-Famer someday and be remembered for a very long time."
ON THE GLORY OF A CHAMPIONSHIP
"It's hard to argue with the year that we had. (We) worked hard and showed the passion and determination to get better and achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. And we hope to do it all over again. It was a great feeling the first time."
ON THEIR LOOMING TITLE DEFENSE
"Definitely there is pressure (next season) because everybody is looking at our team. We have to be better than last year. We haven't defended an NBA championship and I know it's going to be tough. But I believe with the right mindset and players we can do it."
ON HIS ADVICE TO GILAS PILIPINAS
"Just go at it. Don't hold anything back. It's an amazing environment. Whatever style—whether it's small ball or you shoot a lot of threes—embrace it. Just play to the best of your ability and show some heart. And hopefully, you're going to achieve your goals. Just have confidence. Enjoy playing."
ON THE CHANCE TO REPRESENT HIS COUNTRY
"It's amazing. Wherever you go and suit up for your country’s colors, it's bigger than you. And it's a small group of people that can play on that level and represent your country. I have done it twice and won two gold medals in the World Cup. And hopefully we can do it again in Rio (2016 Olympics)."
ON WHO TO PASS TO FOR A GAME-WINNING THREE—REGGIE MILLER OR RAY ALLEN
"I can’t shoot it? Reggie Miller was my favorite player growing up, but Ray is the all-time leading three-point (maker) in the NBA, so I'll go with him."
"You can't really make a bad decision (with either one of them), right? I feel like either I shoot it or I pass it to either one of them, we're going to win the game. That’s my best answer for that one."
As for highlights of the Stephen Curry UA Roadshow Manila 2015, head over to the gallery below!