Thursday, October 15, 2015


Five-Time NBA Champion Ron Harper in Manila to Celebrate Official Opening

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Oct. 15, 2015 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that it will open its second NBA Store in the Philippines on Oct. 16 at the Mega Fashion Hall in Manila.  To celebrate the opening, five-time NBA champion Ron Harper will make an appearance to meet and interact with fans.

Managed by International Athletic Trading Company, Inc. (IATC), the new NBA Store will offer basketball enthusiasts authentic NBA merchandise and memorabilia.  The store will feature an extensive selection of NBA products from all 30 teams, including: official jerseys, footwear, performance gear, lifestyle apparel, basketballs, toys and collectibles.  Fans can also find autographed NBA memorabilia as well as a personalized jersey service. 

“The initial flagship NBA Store in Glorietta has established itself as the premier destination for NBA fanatics in the country and we could not be more excited to fuel their passion with the unveiling of our second store,” said Melvin Lloyd Lim, President and CEO, IATC.  “By opening our doors in the heart of Metro Manila, we look forward to providing more fans access to a comprehensive assortment of NBA merchandise, bringing the authentic NBA shopping experience to Filipinos.”

“We are thrilled to expand our footprint with the opening of the second NBA Store in the Philippines,” said Carlo Singson, Associate Vice President and Country Manager for the Philippines, NBA Asia.  “IATC is the ideal partner in our efforts to outfit more Filipinos in their favorite NBA apparel and to offer the widest range of NBA merchandise in the Philippines.”
The NBA Store will carry products from brands such as Adidas, NIKE, Under Armour, New Era, Panini, Spalding, Stance, 2K Sports, and many more, including select NBA apparel exclusive to the store.

The first 10 visitors to the NBA Store in Mega Fashion Hall will be invited to attend a VIP launch event and that includes the chance to meet with Ron Harper.  While in Manila, Harper will also visit the flagship NBA Store in Glorietta to interact with fans.  
Regular store hours of the NBA Store in Mega Fashion Hall are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

Earlier this month, the flagship NBA Store in the Philippines received the 2015 Asia Sports Industry Gold Award for the “Best Sports Retail Campaign” in recognition of the store’s industry leading standards.

Ronald Harper, born January 20, 1964, in Dayton, OH, was taught to play the game of basketball by his mother who raised him and his five siblings. He attended Kiser High School in his hometown. In college, he was a star guard at the University of Miami in Ohio. His senior season at Miami, he averaged 24.4 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 2.8 apg and earned All-American Honors.

In the 1986 NBA Draft he was selected eighth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Harper averaged 22.9 ppg in his rookie season, placing second in NBA Rookie of the Year balloting. That season, he was named to the 1987 NBA All-Rookie Team. On November 16, 1989, after three full seasons with the Cavs, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. He played for the Clippers until he signed with the Chicago Bulls as an unrestricted free agent at the start of the 1994-95 season. He came to the Bulls at a time when the franchise was trying to rebuild its team after Michael Jordan’s first retirement. Under Coach Phil Jackson, Harper became a key component of the Bulls’ perimeter defense and also developed into a true fan favorite in the city. As a Bull, along with teammates Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan, Harper won three consecutive NBA Titles from 1996-98.

After a solid run with the Bulls, Harper signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent on October 13, 1999. In LA, he rejoined Phil Jackson who had come out of retirement to coach the Lakers in the 1999-00 season. Harper earned yet another NBA Championship that season and started in all six games of the 2000 NBA Finals series. He was also with the Lakers when they went on to win the 2001 NBA Title the following season, bringing Harper’s total NBA Championship count to five. He is one of just four players in history to win multiple NBA Titles with two separate franchises.

On September 26, 2005 Harper was named assistant coach of the Detroit Pistons where he coached for two seasons. He has also been actively involved at Widney High School, a school for students with special needs in Los Angeles, CA. 

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