The Indiana Pacers continue to draw plenty of attention wherever they go in Manila. Along with practicing for their game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, the Pacers did some work in the community, participating in a NBA Cares event with Special Olympics kids, running the kids through basketball drills in exchange for high fives, laughs and lots of fun.
Plenty of stories and Tweets continue to emerge from Manila although it appears some of the quotes may lose a little meaning in translation. Kind of humorous to see headlines with Frank Vogel "vowing to win" and Paul George "willing to defer" to Danny Granger. Regardless, Pacers Nation is surely expanding in a big way with all of the fans in the Philippines, as Paul George made it clear he is enjoying his time in Manila.
"It means a lot. It's great that the NBA has brought the basketball to this beautiful country. It's a phenomenal country," said George, the 2013 Most Improved Player.
"Riding from the airport, we saw a lot of basketball courts on our way to the hotel. For us to be the first ones to play here, it's really special," he added.
That should sell a few 2-4 jerseys.
Also, I was on Tuesday's episode of The Phil Naessens show to talk about the Pacers' preseason opener against the Bulls and the returns of Danny Granger and Derrick Rose. Always an enjoyable chat with Phil who you can nominate for Podcast of the Year here using the show's URL here.
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