Hoops Paradise: The Philippines’ Love of the Game
ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth and Titan's Nikko Ramos explore how the Philippines came to be a nation of Hoop Heads, from the origins of the world's second professional basketball league, to the Filipino-Americans in the NBA today. Coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat, ESPN's Pablo Torre, legendary PBA coach Tim Cone, the first Filipino-American to play in the NBA, Raymond Townsend, and more, join Cassidy and Nikko to figure out how the Philippines developed such a unique love affair with basketball.
Devin • Podstack • Apr 20, 2023
"This new series explores the deep, colonial roots, the development of the second oldest professional basketball league in the world, and the creativity of these fans. And this is such a strong first episode, too! Height is such a crucial part of the NBA, but this is a story about how a place where the average height of men is 5’4” became so obsessed with a sport typically played by very tall people. …"