Houston Rockets’ Jalen Green returns to Manila with adidas
MANILA, Philippines — Filipino-American Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets returns to the Philippines for the first time in three years as he embarks on an exclusive “JG4 Manila Tour” with adidas Philippines.
A global brand ambassador, Green arrived early Wednesday morning to reconnect with his Filipino roots and “experience basketball and street culture.”
adidas is set to take the Rockets guard on a ‘tour like no other’ and give him a taste of the ‘everyday Pinoy experience’.
Green’s mother traces her roots to Ilocos Sur and is one of two NBA players of Filipino descent, along with Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz.
“It is with great pride and excitement that adidas Philippines welcomes another NBA athlete – and especially an athlete of Filipino descent – to the country. This has been prepared a little differently than how our previous athlete visits were because firstly we take into consideration the health and safety of Jalen as well as our fellow Filipinos, but also we wanted to make sure that we gave Jalen that opportunity to see and experience a different side and more authentic from the Philippines as it represents the three stripes,” said Jen Dacasin, adidas Philippines Brand Activation Manager.
Green has previously been to the Philippines, playing basketball with the National Basketball Training Center in 2018 and 2019.
The 20-year-old has since been drafted into the NBA, finishing second overall in the 2021 draft.
In his first year with the Rockets, Green averaged 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 67 games played for his team.
He was also selected to the NBA All-Rookie Team earlier this year along with Scottie Barnes of Toronto, No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham of Detroit, Evan Mobley of Cleveland and Franz Wagner of Orlando.
adidas has yet to announce details of Green’s visit.