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  • Here in the Philippines, basketball

  • has taken over the country.

  • Hoops are put up anywhere there's room.

  • They've been playing here for over 100 years.

  • And they may not have the best courts,

  • but they definitely have the passion.

  • I'm here to see how Filipinos are performing their best,

  • regardless where they can play.

  • Philippines is basketball.

  • OLYMPIC OUTPOSTS

  • PHILIPPINES

  • MANILA

  • This is Grayson Boucher, better known as "The Professor,"

  • and I've been playing the game globally for over 15 years.

  • Right now, we're live in Manila.

  • I'm going to get in the mix and go chop it up

  • with some of the local legends to find out why

  • this sport is thriving here.

  • I'm in Parañaque, and we're about to get up with Hype

  • Streetball, who's running a training session for anybody

  • who wants to improve their basketball skills.

  • Let's check it out.

  • -Hey, man. -What's up, man?

  • What's up, Grayson?

  • Hey, pleasure to meet you, bro.

  • Welcome to our place, man.

  • -So you're Little Flash? -Yeah.

  • So explain Hype Streetball.

  • How did it start?

  • It started in 2011.

  • It actually started as a basketball community, where

  • I got our street ballers, specifically

  • kids here in the Philippines.

  • We do three-on-three streetball, one-on-one,

  • and stuff like that.

  • In and out.

  • Bring the legs behind the back.

  • Eyes up.

  • How important would you say basketball

  • is to the Philippines?

  • For here, basketball is a lifestyle.

  • Like when you go around the court, go around the streets,

  • you can see a lot of basketball courts around the street.

  • If there's no basketball, there's

  • going to be lots of vices and stuff like that.

  • So basketball saves people's life.

  • So that's how important it is here.

  • Yeah, I think it's really cool that the community is so

  • into streetball.

  • Like, I didn't see any kids here that were, like, forced

  • to be here by their parents.

  • In the United States, there will be at least a good portion

  • of kids there that probably aren't even listening.

  • But here, you can tell Hype Streetball's got,

  • like, a basketball enthusiast community behind it.

  • We're going to start off with freestyle exhibition.

  • You're not going to be good if you're going to be shy.

  • OK, let's go.

  • -Whoa! -Oh!

  • That was smooth right there.

  • That was hot.

  • Hey!

  • -Not bad! -Wow!

  • -Whoa! -Yeah!

  • Hey, it was cool to see Hype teach the kids.

  • But after all, they are called Hype Streetball,

  • so let's see what they do in the street,

  • in their own environment.

  • -What's up, brother? -What's up? What's up?

  • -How you doing, man? -I'm good.

  • -What's your name? -Jake.

  • This place is crazy.

  • Where we at right now?

  • We are in Bagong Pag-Asa.

  • -And you're from here? -Yes.

  • -Born and raised? -I born here, yes.

  • So what does basketball mean for you,

  • being in this environment right by this court?

  • The basketball-- my life's complete. Yes.

  • All right, man. Let's see what you got.

  • Hey, guys, give it up for Professor!

  • They did great.

  • Honestly, that kind of energy is my favorite.

  • They got the moves.

  • A lot of players that play fundamental,

  • they just need to take it to the next level.

  • I've played in 40 countries around the world,

  • and there's not many places you get this kind of energy.

  • HYPE STREETBALL

  • All right. So we just got done hooping.

  • I'm tired. I'm hungry.

  • We got to try some of this street food.

  • So, what's going on here? What should I eat?

  • This is what we call Halo-halo It's

  • a special food in Philippines where you

  • mix a lot of different things.

  • These look scary. I'm not going to lie.

  • This is scary, and that's scary.

  • So what do I do here?

  • Crushing it down and then stirring it?

  • -Do it hard. -Do it hard?

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah!

  • Pretty good, actually. That's not bad.

  • Yeah!

  • All right. Thank you, guys.

  • Awesome.

  • This morning, we're here at the tenement housing projects

  • here in Taguig.

  • At a certain point, the residents here

  • were actually facing eviction.

  • But because of the community surrounded around basketball,

  • it was actually saved.

  • Let's check it out.

  • So there's the LeBron James court that everybody

  • talks about right here.

  • Yes. Welcome to the world-famous court.

  • Man, what's your name?

  • -My name is Chris. -Chris.

  • So tell me about this teacher.

  • I see it says, save tenement.

  • Since 2010, we are evicted.

  • They want to demolish this building.

  • You go to the internet.

  • We'll do Save the Tenement fund.

  • They say LeBron donate here, so that since then, we

  • are here, because of LeBron.

  • This is the handprint of LeBron.

  • Wow.

  • So how did the residents react when LeBron James came here?

  • They so very happy when LeBron came here.

  • They're so very crowded here.

  • Every floor, people outside their house.

  • Very cool.

  • So how many residents live here total?

  • 1,500 families.

  • Wow.

  • We have 796 rooms here.

  • So how many of the residents actually play ball in leagues

  • or play pick-up games?

  • More than 1,000 also.

  • Seems like you guys just live basketball.

  • Like, basketball here, basketball on the left.

  • This really is ingrained in this culture.

  • It just goes hand in hand with life.

  • That is our culture here.

  • Every day.

  • To me, it's pretty amazing just looking at the two basketball

  • courts that are, like, really the focal point

  • in this community and just how everyone's

  • so involved with basketball.

  • I mean, in the US, basketball could

  • be a big part of somebody's life or something,

  • but never is it such a focal point

  • of a community where everything thrives around it.

  • I've never seen anything like that before.

  • All right.

  • I had a blast checking out the world-famous Tenement Court,

  • but now we got to hit the court to actually play and get

  • some three on three in.

  • Ready, fellas?

  • Let's go.

  • Oh!

  • Oh!

  • Energy is incredible.

  • To be surrounded by an audience when

  • you're playing a streetball game and there's

  • high anticipation of action happening, you can't beat it.

  • Coming to the Philippines was an eye-opening experience.

  • You can definitely see that they

  • live and breathe basketball.

  • I got a chance to meet with Hype Streetball

  • and check out one of their training sessions.

  • It was very cool to see they're giving opportunity

  • to other people in the community,

  • starting at a very young age.

  • Everywhere I went out here, I received a warm welcome.

  • Philippines is basketball.

  • They follow everything.

  • I'm talking NBA, streetball, PBA.

  • You name it, they probably know about it.

  • From the streets to the tenement projects,

  • it's clear that basketball is a way of life

  • and it's in their blood.

  • I had a great time, and I can't wait to come back again.

Here in the Philippines, basketball

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