Wednesday, July 17, 2013

NBA superstar Kobe Bryant returns to the Philippines on August 12

NBA superstar Kobe Bryant will return to the Philippines on August 12 as part of a promotional tour for Lenovo Mobile.

The Chinese technology giant made its announcement on its Facebook page for Lenovo Mobile Philippines.

“Kobe Bryant is coming back NBA superstar Kobe Bryant returns to the Philippines on August 12to Manila! Mark this date, August 12, 2013! Watch this space for more updates,” the page said.

Bryant, who is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon injury, is a many-time visitor to the Philippines. He was last in the country in 2011 to play in a pair of exhibition matches matches dubbed the SMART Ultimate All-Star Weekend alongside other NBA players during the league’s lockout.

Lenovo Mobile is making a big play for the growing smartphone market in the Philippines, which Infotek reports grew by 146 percent from April 2012 to May 2013. Bryant earlier recorded a video called “Walang Iwanan” specifically targeted at Filipino users.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard’s visit is the latest development in what has been a banner year for NBA fans in the Philippines. Miami Heat forward LeBron James is set to make his first trip to the country next week, while the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers will play the league’s first preseason game in the Philippines in October.

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