Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Basketball is like religion in the Philippines... not unlike the passion you'll find for the game in American inner cities. In the provinces I visited, you will drive through each town and invariably what you'll find is a town square, a church and a town basketball court.

In my dad's province, most barangys have teams of their best players and they play each other... and these teams are decked out in really sharp uniforms.

The NBA influence is great as well as you'll see kids and adults wearing the jerseys of the most recent champions and all-stars. NBA games are broadcast in the mornings live and rebroadcast at night.

There is also the Phillippine Basketball League and a minor league that draw big crowds and have the feel of American college hoops in March.

This passion got me back on a court for the first time in two and a half years.

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