Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Erik Spoelstra to visit the Philippines

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is coming home. Again.

The National Basketball Association announced that Coach Spo will be returning to the Philippines for the third time, from August 2 to 5. This time however, he is bringing home some "pasalubong."

The Larry O'Brien championship trophy will be coming along with him in his homecoming, dubbed as the NBA Trophy Tour, presented by Gatorade.

Fans will be able to get a glimpse of the trophy that the Heat won in 5 games over the Oklahoma City Thunder on August 4 and 5 at selected SM Malls.

Erik and the trophy will be at The Block Atrium of SM North EDSA from 2-3pm of August 4, while on August 5, it will be at the SM Megamall Events Center at 230pm - 330pm and at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall from 430pm - 530pm.

Also on August 2, a NBA 3X Clinic will be overseen by Spoelstra for teen boys and girls as part of the NBA 3X event to take place a couple of weeks later. The clinic will be conducted at Jose Rizal University in Mandaluyong City.

One of the highlights of the Tour will be an interactive viewing party with selected fans, where either Game 3 or Game 4 of the just-concluded NBA Finals will be shown in the SM Mall of Asia Center Stage, while Spoelstra providing insights and a sort-of "director's commentary" of the game. These selected fans would then be able to have interactions with Erik and even ask him questions during it.

The game to be shown is subject to an online voting process on the NBA Philippines' Facebook page, with the voting period being from July 27 to August 2. 20 pairs of tickets will be given away to random people who share the poll during said time frame.

The NBA Trophy Tour is supported by SM Supermalls, SM Cinemas and SM MOA. Media partners include Basketball TV, NBA Premium TV, Studio 23 and, with Marriott Manila as hotel partner.

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