DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross put on a dunk exhibition in the Philippines (to a very pissed off crowd)
Saying basketball is popular in the Philippines is like saying hamburgers are popular in the US. It’s a huge understatement and the huge crowd in Manilla were beyond excited when they thought they were buying (up to $500) tickets to watch an All-Star basketball game with Blake Griffin, James Harden, Paul George, Damian Lillard and a bunch of other NBA stars. Then in the past few days they got more excited as players like Brandon Jennings and DeMar DeRozan arrived early to do promo gigs. Then a bomb dropped in the form of bad news from the NBA. The PLDT Home’s ‘Last Home Stand’ All-Star game was cancelled because the organizers didn’t get permission from the league.
So what the fans ended up getting was a “live practice with drills” highlighted by a couple nice dunks by DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross. As nice as DeRozan’s dunk over Kyle Lowry was, it didn’t stop some fans from booing the event and leaving early.