MANILA, Philippines－ Retired NBA player and one of the league’s lethal 3-point snipers Ray Allen made the news on Tuesday, August 29, when he shared an Instagram photo of the Manila traffic that greeted him on his first visit.
Allen took Filipino hoop fans by surprise when he announced his arrival－ and even NCAA league leaders Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates were left speechless when the two-time NBA champion came out to visit their campus.
The Pirates, who are currently undefeated at 9-0 after the first round, got some valuable piece of advice from the 10-time all star’s sudden visit.
The university’s Facebook page posted a clip of Allen’s inspiring message on Tuesday night.
“It’s hard when you’re at the top, right? Because you gotta work extra had,” Allen shared to the Season 93 leaders.
“They’re gonna step up their game against you guys,” he added. “That’s how the best teams [in the NBA] lose to the teams that aren’t so good record-wise. Because you take them for granted.”
“You don’t win a championship the day they give you the trophy. You win the championship every morning when you get up at 6 in the morning. That’s where the reward comes.”
Allen, also known as "Jesus Shuttlesworth" for his role in the movie He Got Game, came from Hong Kong where he was the main guest for the Sneaker Con event during the weekend before arriving in Manila.
The veteran, who won rings with Boston and Miami, formally announced his retirement last November. – Rappler.com