NBA leg­end Mourn­ing vis­its coun­try

The Freeman - - SPORTS - — Philstar.com

The NBA has brought in for­mer NBA cham­pion and Hall-ofFamer Alonzo Mourn­ing in of­fi­cially forg­ing its part­ner­ship with its new of­fi­cial smart phone Vivo in a glam­orous cer­e­mony at the Sof­i­tel Har­bor Gar­den Tent Thurs­day night.

No less than Mourn­ing, who won an NBA ring with the Mi­ami Heat in 2006, named an All-Star seven times and in­ducted into the Nai­smith Memo­rial Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame four years ago, made the an­nounce­ment be­fore top NBA of­fi­cials that in­cluded its Philip­pines manag­ing di­rec­tor Carlo Sing­son and Vivo Phl CEO Ted Xiong.

“We en­cour­age part­ner­ships with com­pa­nies and cor­po­ra­tions be­cause it means our brand, which is the NBA, can grow even big­ger and reach a lot of peo­ple world­wide,” said Mourn­ing, who had to en­dure a flight from Mi­ami that got de­layed for 12 hours.

It was the first time that Mourn­ing, who is also a two-time De­fen­sive Player of the Year, vis­ited the coun­try, and he was ex­cited just to be here.

“I was told that the Philip­pines has the best fans in the world and I was told about your food and cuisines which I would get to try for sure,” said Mourn­ing, who cut short his sched­uled oneon-one in­ter­views to just a sim­ple group talk due to his flight de­lay.

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