#SPIDAinMNL / adidas Promotional Tour Recap
It’s been almost a week since rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell was in town for a quick promotional tour for adidas. It’s always a treat to meet these athletes before they become huge superstars. The same holds true for Mitchell, who was picked 13th by the Denver Nuggets and then traded to the Utah Jazz on Draft night. Little did we know that Spida was going to be one of the bright spots of this past season.
Mitchell’s rookie year was one of the best in recent years. He became the first rookie to score 40 points in a game since Blake Griffin back in 2011, and surpassed Dr. Dunkenstein’s (Darrell Griffith) team record of 38 in 1981.We all saw him win the Slam Dunk Contest last February and eventually led his team to the Playoffs.
We all know how much Filipinos love basketball and you could feel that energy outside of the newly expanded adidas store at the Fort last Sunday. Been through the press routine hundreds of times, the one thing that I will take home was his message for future rookies to just be themselves and have fun. Some players are dead set on leaving a mark that it becomes a job more than their passion, sucking the life out of the sport they love. It’s quite evident that Mitchell took this to heart and this has molded him to be the player he is today.
After meeting the media and fans at the press conference, Mitchell dropped by Titan for a quick check of the latest adidas footwear (he picked up the latest colorway of the Dame D.O.L.L.A.) and an interview for Slam PH. Immediately after, he met up with fellow adidas Creators Jerrick Ahanmisi, Renzo Subido, Jason Credo, Rey Nambatac, Jjay Alejandro and Rhayyan Amsali for a 3-point shootout for charity, while Jericho Cruz, Alex Mallari, Arvin Tolentino, Maverick Ahanmisi, Diego Dario, and Kobe Paras ran the SPIDA Challenge (HORSE) and Dunk Contest.
To finish off his trip, Spida dropped by the PBA to watch the Brgy. Ginebra and Magnolia Hotshots, even doing color commentary of the game.
“adidas moves and supports athletes who are set to make their mark through their creativity. Donovan Mitchell, with his consistently rising stellar record, proves to be just that. By bringing him to the Philippines, we push Filipinos to recognize the power of creativity and the greatness of a rookie, and hope to inspire our local athletes,” said Jen Dacasin, Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager of adidas Philippines.
Even though it was a quick trip for Mitchell, Manila enjoyed Spida’s presence and eagerly waiting what he’ll do in his sophomore season. To know more about his visit, follow adidas Philippines on Facebook, and Instagram