With our emotions and opinions about basketball at an all-time high after Gilas Pilipinas had the fight of their lives against China at the 2018 Asian Games, it solidifies the Philippines as one of, if not the, most basketball-centric country not only in
When Pinoys say "Ball is life," we mean it in every sense of the statement. We have courts in every corner of the country, and hell, even when there’s no other space, we put up in the middle of the streets just to satisfy our hunger for shooting hoops.
So when Grayson Boucher aka The Professor of streetball touring giant AND1, came to Manila, he found out for himself just how much of a culture and a way of life basketball is to Filipinos.
He got down with the kids and coaches of Hype Streetball in Parañaque, showing off their freestyle dribbling skills. After The Professor went on to school some local streetballers on a court in the middle of a street, he got the chance to try the best Filipino dessert, halo-halo.
Next, he went to the tenement housing projects in Taguig, where over 1,500 families cram in 796 rooms. Over here, basketball is their saving grace to prevent kids and adults alike from vices, and focus instead on playing hard on the court, saving the community from eviction as well. Even LeBron James came to the now-famous Tenement Court three years ago, where he left his handprint on a slab of concrete and an impression in the hoops lifestyle of this basketball haven.