NBAniks understand that, outside of North America, the Philippines just about has the rest of the world licked when it comes to NBA hoops obsession. NBA media and players alike can speak to the scores of fans that obsess over the game despite it coming on during the wee hours over there, and despite only a handful of exhibition games having taken place in the country.
This is also why the NBA and its players association were quick to donate $500,000 to Typhoon Haiyan relief, after the deadly surge killed an estimated 4,000 people.
It’s also why some Filipino youth were quick to reconstruct something near to their hearts, something that helps the approximate their day to day routine prior to the typhoon, something that helps them take their minds off all that’s around them. Here’s another shot:
A crowd gathered around. And on one of the few stretches of road here that wasn't overflowing with debris, they played basketball.
I didn't know what to think at first when I stumbled upon six teenagers shooting hoops over the weekend in a wrecked neighborhood of Tacloban, a city that Typhoon Haiyan reduced to rubble, bodies and uprooted trees when it slammed into the Philippines Nov. 8.
As a foreign correspondent working in the middle of a horrendous disaster zone, I didn't expect to see people having a good time — or asking me to play ball. I was even more stunned when I learned that the basketball goal was one of the first things this neighborhood rebuilt.
You can read the rest of Todd’s stirring feature here.
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