Fil-Am napiling no. 2 pick sa NBA

NO. 2 PICK: Gilamano ni NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (wala) ang Fil-Am nga Jalen Green (tuo), kinsa maoy napiling No. 2 overall pick sa Houston Rockets sa 2021 NBA Draft kagahapon, Hulyo 30, 2021 (RP time). (AP Photo)

NAGHINAMHINAM si Filipino-American Jalen Green nga morepresentar sa Pilipinas sa National Basketball Association (NBA) human siya gipili sa Houston Rockets isip No. 2 overall pick sa 2021 NBA Draft kagahapon, Hulyo 30, 2021 (RP time).

Gipasabot ni Green nga nakauyon siya nga nakuha siya sa Houston baga ang populasyon sa mga Asyano lakip na niini ang Filipino community ning maong lugar.

“Man, I’m always excited to represent the Philippines. So, the fact that there’s ties in Houston, it’s kind of like it was scripted,” matod ni Green.

“So I’m excited to take that out there and just represent and put on for the Philippines and can’t wait to meet everybody and see the fans.”

Nidugang si Green nga wala siya’y mibati og pressure hilabi na kay nasayod siyang daghan ang mga nagsuporta kaniya sa iyang pagkahimong usa ka Rocket.

“From what I got that the Philippines love me for me. So I’m just going to keep being myself. I’m going to keep working hard and staying in the gym,” batbat ni Green.

“It’s not really a responsibility, it’s the game I love and they support me, so I just can’t wait to get out there and just put on for them.”

Gani, mismong si Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao nipadayag dayon sa iyang pagsuporta kang Green pinaagi sa pagpadangat og congratulatory message sa social media.

“Congratulations to @JalenGreen on getting drafted #2 overall. Looking forward to watching your journey to becoming a superstar,” mensahe ni Pacquiao ngadto kang Green sa Twitter.

Ang maong mensahe giubanan og hulagway diin nag-uban sila si Pacquiao ug Green.

Ang laing Fil-Am nga si Jordan Clarkson, kinsa usa sa mga pambato sa Utah Jazz, nag-post og artwork diin makita nga nag-uban sila si Green, ug Raymond Townsend, kinsa maoy labing unang Fil-Am nga nakaduwa sa NBA.

Ang Rockets management malaumon nga dako ang matabang ni Green sa ilahang kampanya sa NBA sa umaabot.

“Clearly we think he can be a special player,” matod ni general manager Rafael Stone.

“Exactly how that plays out or the exact timing of everything else I just don’t know ... but in terms of his path, the only thing I ask is that we get absolutely the utmost effort and I’m confident that we will.”

Si Green, kinsa adunay gitas-on nga 6’6”, nag-average og 17.9 puntos, 4.1 rebounds, ug 2.8 assists sa Team Ignite sa miaging season sa G League season. (AP)


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