James Harden, Eric Gordon visit Manila in July for NBA 3-on-3 tournament

Reuters file

Reuters file

Houston Rockets star James Harden and New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon will travel to the Philippines next month to promote a 3-on-3 tournament organized by the NBA.

Harden and Gordon will be on hand for NBA 3X Philippines presented by Sprite at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall from July 26-28.

“I’m excited to return to the Philippines to be a part of NBA 3X,” said Harden, who played a pair of exhibition matches in the Philippines in 2011 during the NBA lockout. He teamed up with other NBA stars Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, and Chris Paul, among others, to battle a selection of PBA players as well as the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team.

“Filipinos have an unmatched passion for basketball and I look forward to meeting the fans and catching some of the best basketball talent the country has to offer”.

Harden is expected back in the country in October, when he leads his Houston Rockets against the Indiana Pacers in the first NBA preseason game on Philippine soil.

“The ongoing support from our Filipino fans is amazing and helps bring our game to life through NBA 3X presented by Sprite,” said Carlo Singson, Philippines Country Manager, NBA Asia. “Our passionate fans follow the NBA all season long on TV, and through social media, and we are excited to bring NBA 3X Philippines back as a prelude to our first-ever NBA Global Games Philippines 2013 this October.”

Harden and Gordon will take the opportunity to meet with fans and conduct basketball clinics. Joining them to provide the NBA brand of entertainment are the Pacemates, the Indiana Pacers dance team, and Grizz, the Memphis Grizzlies’ mascot.

NBA 3X will feature Under-18, Under-16, and Under-13 competitions for boys and Under-18 and Under-16 competition for girls. Open categories for men and women will also be part of the competition. Registration begins on June 20.

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