Filipinos have a love affair with basketball. It is still the most favorite sport of all time despite the lack of height; Pinoys are very much into playing basketball. It does not matter if it’s professional, amateur or just a “liga sa baranggay”; Filipinos will watch, scream, enjoy and even bet on it.
The love for basketball is very apparent because you will see improvised basketball courts/rings in almost every corner. In fact, a basketball ring and ball is all you need to enjoy this sport. No need for uniforms or special shoes just to play the game. As the highest paid professional basketball player in the Philippines and he will tell you that he started playing street basketball wearing his favorite slippers.
The era of 70s and 80s, basketball is the only sport shown on national television. This is one of the reasons why Filipinos became more passionate about it and supported their favorite basketball teams and players in almost every game. Nowadays, Filipinos gain interest in other sports such as soccer and boxing but basketball will always remain as the favorite sport. Give a male family member basketball gifts at resportsinc.com and he will surely jump for joy.
Basketball is already part of the Filipino culture and not even Manny Pacquiao or the good looking players of Azkals can change that. Just recently, the Philippine team “Smart Gilas” won the championship match with US for the William Jones Cup title with score 76-75. This is another reason for Filipinos to love the game even more.