Report: Kobe, Rose, Durant to Play in Exhibition Games in the Philippines

Over the last two days, there have been rumblings about NBA superstars possibly heading over to the Philippines for some exhibition games, and according to Interaksyon, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant will indeed be flying East to hoop: “Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, reigning Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, and two-time scoring champion Kevin Durant are taking their talents to Manila. The three stars will be part of a selection that will play a pair of charity exhibition games against SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team and an all-star squad from the Philippine Basketball Association. Proceeds of the games will go to the MVP Sports Foundation, whose goal is to uplift Philippine sports and to develop Filipino athletes … The Manila games would mark the first exhibition game featuring active NBA players since 1997, when Shaquille O’Neal played with a touring team against a crack PBA selection. The game was a one-sided affair for Shaq and the rest of the NBAers, and was highlighted by the former Lakers big man lifting up Filipino point guard Johnny Abarrientos for a dunk.”

(H/T: @thedimemachine)