Nike Basketball has always had an impressive roster. Over the last few years, they’ve built their name around NBA superstars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Now, they move forward by adding one more big name. Last Saturday, Nike Basketball officially welcomed Paul George to the family, as they released his first signature shoe – PG1.
To celebrate the launch, Nike invited seventy-three lucky consumers to be the first ones to test-drive the sneaker and experience the #FullCourtFerocity it offers. Nike also had select media thrown into the mix. We were given full sets of basketball gear – including the PG1.
Festivities kicked off inside the Kerry Sports Center with Nike Country Manager Patrick Reyes welcoming everyone and explaining the grand opportunity they were given. They participants were all lent a pair of the PG1 Ferocity for the session. Aside from getting a chance to try out the sneakers, the colorway that was provided was one that hasn’t hit the market yet.
“You guys are the first people in the country to wear this pair,” Reyes said about the PG1 version that will be available to the public on March 4.
EKIN, Nike Product Expert, Soy Soriano also took mic to explain the innovation incorporated in the latest Nike Basketball signature shoe. He revealed how it took a lot of iterations before the PG1 was good to go. It was very interesting to hear that a big inspiration of Paul George’s sneaker is the Nike SB Janoski – his favorite off-court kicks.
As soon as everyone was ready to go, Reyes went on to introduce De La Salle Green Archers head coach Aldin Ayo. He led a quick training session with the help of Assistant coaches Glenn Capacio and Marlon Celis. Also there to assist were some of Ayo’s players – Ricci Rivero, Kib Montalbo, Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio and Gabe Capacio.
Right from the beginning of the session, we already had a taste of what it was to train like the DLSU Green Archers. Twenty minutes were dedicated to stretching, and that was already challenging. Even before we got to run with basketballs, we had already worked up a sweat.
After loosening up the muscles, Coach Aldin had us run dribbling, passing and shooting drills. He shared with us some trade secrets that he actually used with the Green Archers.
“Kapag ako nagpapa-drills, gusto ko yung magagamit talaga nung player,” said the multi-awarded collegiate coach. “Yung iba kasi basta masabing nagpatakbo ng drills. Sa akin, gusto ko may matutunan talaga sila.”
One of the lessons that really stood out for me was the floater. Coach Aldin shared that in DLSU, they try to employ one particular rule: if you take a shot within 15 feet of the basket, it has to be a floater. So he had us practice getting off loopers from different moves – off a spin, off a power hop and off a crossover.
There were close to 80 participants, us included. And yet, Coach Aldin tried to make sure everyone was running the drills correctly. If he saw anything that needed correction, he would approach the person and pull him to the side. He really wanted us to learn.
“Sa akin, hindi naman ako takot i-share yung mga ginagawa naming sa La Salle. Kasi pag na-counter yun, mapipilitan ako mag-isip ng bago. I like that challenge. That’s how we grow as coaches,” Ayo said, explaining his willingness to teach his ways with the Archers.
By the time the session ended, I felt like I could compete in the UAAP already. Of course, it was only a feeling. But for the next few weeks, we’ll continue to train under the coaching unit of the De La Salle Green Archers.
Who knows? Maybe we’ll get to that level. Maybe our games will develop to be more PG-esque.
Yeah, probably not.
But it’s an opportunity I’m very blessed to have. It’s not everyday you get a chance to have the #FullCourtFerocity experience. Thanks, Nike!