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NBA's Stephen Curry wows Pinoy basketball fans in 2nd Manila visit

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NBA SUPERSTAR Stephen Curry takes the iconic Philippine jeepney wearing his Under Armour shoes. (Under Armour photo)


PASAY CITY – Three-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors mesmerized basketball-crazy Filipinos during his second visit in the Philippines highlighted by a training camp, exhibition games and leading the oath of sportsmanship during the opening ceremonies of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) 81st season at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.


The NBA superstar whose champion team is based in Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area in Califoria planed in on September 6 and left two days later still feeling the energetic vibe he felt the first time he visited the Philippines in 2015.


Curry's visit was part of the Under Armour tour to promote his Curry 5 signature basketball shoe.


The baby-faced sharpshooter also addressed journalists during a media breakfast on September 7 at the Kerry Sports at Shangri-La BGC, a world-class fitness and leisure club, at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig before participating in a 3x3 championship game at the Mall of Asia Arena later in the day.


Reports by Philippine media stated that Curry looked very impressive during the shootaround in the presence of his father Dell whom he credited for inspiring him to excel in basketball. He also enjoyed the popular Filipino desert “halo-halo” with "pinipig" and beans.


Curry talked about winning a third straight NBA crown.


He said the Warriors have the chance to become only the fifth team in NBA history to win three titles in a row after the Minneapolis Lakers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.


“We have an amazing opportunity to do something that is rarely done in the NBA and that is to win three in a row,” he said.


“I’m excited about the challenge. We want to accomplish the ultimate feel of winning the championship every single year. That’s why we work so hard during the offseason,” Curry added. 


The two-time MVP thanked the Filipino fans for “all the love and support” during the first day of his visit to the country.


In his message to spectators in attendance at the Mall of Asia Arena, Curry thanked his Filipino and Southeast Asian fans for their support, expressing his intention to return to Manila in the future.


He said he was sure he has more titles by his next visit.


"I just want to thank everybody here in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia for supporting my family and my team. Thank you so much. I hope to come back with a couple of championships maybe. Thank you very much. Go Warriors. Keep pushing,” said Curry.


From Manila, Curry was to fly to Wuhan, China and Tokyo, Japan for his Under Armour Asian Tour.


The three-time NBA champion staged a one-man shootaround and hit back-to-back-to-back-to back 3-point shots like he normally does in the NBA.


He admitted that it’s his biggest weapon — hitting 3-point shots from a range where his defenders would not think of him taking the shots.


With media men watching, he sank 3-pointers like he took them from 10 feet.

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