Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 10:40 am  |  24 responses

How the Philippines Convinced Kobe, Durant to Play in Exhibition

Basically, some very rich business folks in the Philippines threw a ton of money at NBA stars to show up for a couple of fun, silly exhibition games. Well, it’s a tad more complicated than that, as Grantland explains in a long and fascinating piece, but yeah … a lot of money was made by the players: “What did it take to bring four top-tier NBA superstars, three of its more talented young players, a sage old vet, and the second pick in this year’s draft to Manila? ‘A lot of things had to go right,’ said Chot Reyes, who coaches the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, one of two PBA teams owned by Pangilinan. Reyes, a former coach of the Philippine national team, was one of the event’s primary organizers. He created a list of NBA players to target and served as spokesman with the Philippine media. East-West reported back to Pangilinan and Reyes with the players’ demands and a ballpark figure for the project’s entire budget, including first-class travel, hotel bookings for a delegation that Scott pegged at around 30 people, 24-hour security, insurance, and the players’ talent fees. Scott and Reyes both declined to reveal the exact amount, but Reyes admitted it was ‘very, very expensive.’ He has also disputed the Sports Illustrated report that Bryant, Durant, and Rose were paid more than $400,000 each for the weekend … Once they signed Kobe, everything started coming together. ‘Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant were iffy at that point,’ Reyes added, ‘but I think when Kobe signed, they signed as well.’ Durant, who returned from his own China tour on July 16, was unwilling at first to fly back to Asia in just a week’s time. Then he heard about the lineup MVP and Reyes had put together and became the last player to confirm, just two days before the first game.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai


  • rob

    Wanna convince someone? Show them the moneeeeeeeeeey

  • rob

    Wanna convince someone? Show him the moneeeeeeeeeey

  • rob

    Sorry about the double post

  • Tolo

    your double post ruined my day

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That’s how you do things. Good story, smart move on all sides.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Really Rob, a double post?!?!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    Sage old vet… I had a poster of him winning the dunk contest. Damn, it’s really been that long. Tropang Texters FTW

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    you thing tropang texters is bad, they used to be called the Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals, no joke.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Eff Double Posters!!!!

  • Riggs

    there’s an with manny pacquiao to the right of the website.

  • Riggs


  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Someone tell Pacquaio to stop fighting senior citizens.

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    somebody tell mayweather to quit hiding

  • johnny c

    somebody tell pacquiao to quit being scared of a drug test

  • http://dsjklff.com Jukai

    someone tell mayweather to not expect a drug test that even the olympics wouldn’t do because it’s just not needed

  • http://bulls.com airs

    everybody read that^

  • Aizen

    Something doesn’t make sense here. The wealthy men seemed to have played a crap-load of money for just two or three days of 4 top-tier NBA players performing in Manila. Why? What do the businessmen get out of this? The games weren’t even broadcasted anywhere, and the report refers to the games as just “silly, exhibition-type events”. Did they charge ticket fees for the games? These business people must have made a lot more than they payed, otherwise, I don’t see why they wanted to go through all this trouble in the first place just to get Kobe, Rose, Durant and CP3 (seriously, no one cares about the others).

    I’m done for now.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    of course they made a lot of money out of this.
    the entire nation of the philippines would kill to have that talent over there. theyre hoops crazy
    im sure just to see kobe for a couple days, millions of them would drop serious pesos

  • Joey

    What the f*ck ever, yeah undoubtedly they got paid but Kobe went to the Philippines to smash on some Filipina Ho’s.

  • Ronald

    Nope. They lost money. Read the freaking articles.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Kobe’s been doing basketball exhibitions in the Philipenes literally since he was a teenager. In fact he put his arm in the rim back in 98…before VC….when he was out in Manila for an exhibition. A little money wouldn’t hurt but this is the type of stuff he’s been motivated to do since he’s been in the league. People in the Philippines, and all over Southeast Asia could vouch

  • jflash

    Story goes Mr. Pangaliban was having lunch with some dude who challenged him to do something like this. And he accepted. Nothing more, nothing less. Pretty cool if you ask me.

  • LP

    some jack*** goes and double posts…must be a republican..