Originally written July 28, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
James Harden pulled up to the day’s event in Manila and tried to describe the scenes that have greeted him through every stop in the basketball-mad Philippines. He had done these sorts of promotional tours before. This was not even his first this offseason. But this one had inspired the sort of fanaticism few fan bases in the world can match. “Amazing” he said. “I’ve been here before so I’m kind of used to it but it’s a beautiful city nice people. The fans are definitely crazy out here. I can only imagine what October is going to be like when we come out here and have that preseason game. They’re excited. I’m just trying to get them ready for it.” In many ways however it serves to get him ready too with the Rockets expected to jump from relative obscurity at least compared to Harden’s NBA Finals and Olympics experiences to one of the league’s celebrated teams. The introduction of Dwight Howard as their latest elite center offered a glimpse and they will get a taste with the preseaso
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