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NBA Star LeBron James Visits Manila to Mentor Filipino Street Ballers

  • Associated Press

NBA basketball player LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks at a news conference to launch a Nike sponsored television program, Aug. 20, 2015 in suburban Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines.

NBA basketball player LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks at a news conference to launch a Nike sponsored television program, Aug. 20, 2015 in suburban Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines.

LeBron James hopes his story can inspire young Filipinos to rise from adversity through basketball.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star is the country to mentor finalists of "Rise,'' a Nike-sponsored reality TV program aimed at finding young Filipino basketball players, mostly from the countryside, and to hone their talents.

Coming from humble beginnings and raised by a single mother, James said he can relate to what the "Rise kids'' are going through.

"I think my story speaks for itself," he says. "You know, I was a kid who didn't believe that I can't make my dream become a reality, and I know it will take a lot of hard work, a lot of sacrifice and a lot of love.''

James said he wants to teach the kids skills and to "tell the stories that I can give them, tell them about the game.''

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