The basketball-loving Philippines has been getting a roster of all-star visitors the past few seasons through the NBA’s global outreach events or the player’s personal endorsement deals.
And their visits have often left lasting impressions.
For One NBA All Star, his connection to the Philippines is strong. While he may not have Pinoy blood, for one Toronto Raptor the Philippines has a special place in his heart.
Toronto Raptors All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan has two young daughters with half-Filipino ex-fiance Kiara Morrison whom he met as a college athlete at USC.
Morrison’s father Keith met her mom while in the military.
He eventually played in the PBA as an import for Alaska in 1986.
Before he made his first all-star team, and their first child, they had the chance to visit the Philippines a couple of times in 2014.
“It was a great experience to be a part of that, to see a different side of the world, culture, everything. I was very young it’d be great to experience that again.”
The Los Angeles born and raised Raptor star isn’t the only NBA player with Filipino kids.
NBA champion Ron Harper’s Fil-Am son is off to play for Rutgers University, while fun-loving former Laker Metta World Peace’s Filipino son has gotten his Philippine passport, in hopes to possibly play for the Philippines.