Basketball at the Philippines

I don’t know too much about basketball. I know it’s really popular in the U.S.A. and of course I know names like Michael Jordan (Space Jam is still a great movie) Shaquille O’Neal or Kobe Bryant. Most of the players are tall men but there some small busy bees too. However, after all I was really surprised when I read this article about basketball at the Philippines.

So let’s look at the facts and talk about it. This sport was introduced to the Philippines between 1898 and 1900s by the YMCA. Even thought the average height is quite small ,especially next to an American basketball player, it became really popular. They had more and more success in this sport,so between 1970s and 1980s the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) were founded. I really don’t know the rules or understand the numbers and stats so I rather write about the part which arouse my interest about the topic. Even though they have been  successful in the international and Asian games ,they haven’t been able to win or get even a bronze medal at the Olympic Games Basketball tournament. This sport  is so important and popular that politicians use it as a part of their campaigns and they promise to build basketball hoops for anybody. Everybody has a hoop at home they are able to build it from anything and anywhere.

There was even a book write about the subject. It’s called Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin’ in Flip-Flops and the Philippinies’ Unlikely Love affair with Basketball. It was written by Rafe Bartholomew (if you may more interested in it). There is an another person who is on the topic right now. The mentioned article wrote about his job and how he has been taking pictures about the hoops at the Philippinies. His name is Richard Daniels and I found this interesting little fact by him. If you want to see the hoops around the Philippines you can find it here.

Dear Reader I hope you enjoy this little writing. Check out the pictures I really liked them.

 

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