At the Ultimate All-Stars Weekend
Manila Philippines, 23–24, July 2011
Words and Photos by Aaron Vicencio. Access was provided by
MVP Sports Foundation
Kobe arrived in a private plane from Hong Kong. He had twenty plus pieces of luggage with him, all Louis Vuitton in different sizes and categories. I remember riding on the floor of the Ford E350 in awe. He had a basketball with him throughout the entire trip, the flight attendants told me.
It was surreal. I was one of the eight people who met him as he arrived. I stayed on the E350, Coach Chot asking me to just keep taking photos. Probably I was mouth agape the whole time.
A basketball clinic was scheduled the next morning. Other NBA players were already on the court. As well as a handful of kids that were going to participate in the drills.
The games itself were a blur. Chaos and and pandemonium everywhere. But at the center of it all, Kobe was calm, in control, and every bit a blessing to everyone.