Jalen Green overwhelmed by unwavering support of Pinoy NBA fans

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — Since he first came to the Philippines four years ago, Jalen Green said the support he's getting from Filipino fans has been overwhelming.

The promising Houston Rockets cager visited the country in 2018 and 2019 as part of a tournament that featured the best local high school teams.

“Nothing changed since from when I was in high school. I came here in my sophomore and junior year to now, it’s still been the same. And I appreciate everyone for keeping that same love and energy,” he said in a press conference on Thursday.

“Coming here to the Philippines, everyone gives so much love and support and to come back and give my love and support to them, it means the world to me,” he added.

Green, whose mother traces her roots in Ilocos Sur, is the third NBA player with Filipino blood, after former Golden State Warriors guard Raymond Townsend and current Utah Jazz star Jordan Clarkson.

After having a productive rookie year, Green said he’s working to improve some facets of his game to help the Rockets soar higher. Houston had the worst record last season with a 20-62 win-loss slate.

“The specific parts that I want to work on from my game is probably just making reads, making decisions faster and really just learning how to win,” he said.

Green averaged 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in his first year in the NBA.