With the start of the NBA season upon us, it also means new game day commercials. For the 76th season of the league, the NBA came up with a commercial featuring the greats in the leagues with a creative monologue. However, Google took a hands-on approach and came up with the greatest pick-up game of all time featuring Fil-Am and Houston Rockets guard, Jalen Green along with Jayson Tatum, Candace Parker, Joel Embiid, and more.
Players of the game can't resist a good pick-up on a street court. Jalen and Jayson call out some friends to join that turns into a viral event. The neighborhood pick-up game brings together spectators like Simu Liu, Richard Jefferson, and more to catch the event of the season. Catch it all below!
Cover Photo Credit: Jalen Green Instagram
This week's MYX News Hot List, new episodes weekly at www.myx.global/myxnews.
1. MYX Music: Olivia, Bruno Win Big at BBMA - Filipino Artists won big at this year's Billboard Music Awards. Pop Idol Olivia Rodrigo took home seven awards, Bruno Mars got the Top R&B tour and Top R&B song with Silk Sonic.
2. MYX Music: KAIA Lands On El's Planet - P-pop Girl Group Kaia is the first group to be featured in the new YouTube series "The Stage".
4. MYX Community: Filipinotown Archway Unveiled - Filipinotown finally unveiled its 3-foot Eastern Gateway Arch believed to be the largest Filipino-American monument in the United States.
5. MYX Entertainment: Making It In America Season 2 - The MYX Original Series "Making it In America" is back with season two. Actress-producer and content creator Asia Jackson opened the season.
It's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Goldhouse is kicking it off with their A100 list, the definitive honor that recognizes the 100 APIs who have most significantly impacted American culture and society in the last year. This year 11 Filipinos made it on this prestigious list alongside some amazing Asian and Pacific Islander trailblazers who are at the forefront of this "New Gold Age."
The honorees are selected across industry categories and are voted on through a rigorous and comprehensive process with dozens of the nation’s top API nonprofit organizations, a panel of multicultural icons (including actress-singer Lea Salonga, General Atlantic Vice Chairman Ajay Banga, Panda Express Co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, actor and activist Daniel Dae Kim, GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, and Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno, among others), and hundreds of Gold House members who are each at the apex of their respective industries.
For the first time, Goldhouse will be celebrating the honorees in person at the inaugural Gold Gala on May 21st, 2022 in collaboration with Meta and Procter & Gamble. Stay tuned for that event recap on MYX, but for now, check out the full A100 list here and see which Filipinos made it on the list below.
Filipinos on the A100 List:
Rachell Rae Hofstetter (Valkyrae)
Bruno Mars (Via Silk Sonic)
Maria Angelita Ressa
About Gold House
Gold House is the leading Asian and Pacific Islander (API) changemaker community, fighting together for socioeconomic equity. Through a suite of innovative programs and platforms, the organization unites, invests in, and promotes API creatives and companies. To learn more, visit www.goldhouse.org or follow @GoldHouseCo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
This week's MYX News Hot List, new episodes weekly at www.myx.global/myxnews.
1. MYX MUSIC: BGYO Having Best Time on He's Into Her - P-pop group BGYO returns with a new song for He's Into Her Season 2.
2. MYX MUSIC: J Roa Accepts Sun & Moon Challenge - Anees released an open verse challenge of his hitsong "Sun and Moon", and singer J Roa accepted the challenge. The collab was selected as the official Remix.
3. MYX SPORTS: Adidas Celebrates Jalen Green's Pinoy Pride - Adidas Canada and Sneaker Artist Jack The Ripper celebrated Jalen Green's heritage by creating custom-made kicks with the colors of the Philippine flag along with the Fresno, California 559 area code.
4. MYX LIFESTYLE: Vanessa Hudgens Goes Vogue For Met Gala - Vanessa Hudgens is set to co-host Vogue's official live stream for this year's Met Gala.
Houston guard Jalen Green had an impressive rookie season. As the highest drafted Asian-American and Filipino in the NBA, Toronto gave him a warm welcome when the Rockets dropped by the 6ix for a matchup against the Raptors before the end of regular season play. Toronto went big when Jalen came through by forming a collaboration between Adidas Canada and sneaker artist Jack the Ripper to create personalized Adidas Crazy BYWs.
The design focuses on Jalen's Filipino heritage where Jack the Ripper incorporates the colors of the Philippines flag along with the iconic 3 stars and sun symbol. Other details include the number 4, which will be Jalen's new jersey number going into next season along with the area code of 559 which represents his hometown of Fresno, California. Complex shared that Jack the Ripper also added his own flare to the design with the black trim to wrap all the colors together in a cohesive look. He channeled Jalen's play style of playful and exciting into the look of the shoe.
To make the event more special, Jalen along with Adidas donated $10,000 to the Rise Tribe organization, a Toronto-based non-profit dedicated to celebrating and empowering the next generation of Filipino-Canadian youth. Jalen has been vocal about wanting to help make a path for the next generation of Fil-Am ballers and show them their dreams of making it to the League are possible.
Cover Photo: Rise Tribe Instagram
February is considered midseason for the NBA season and also the mark of All-Star Weekend. Usually done over a U.S. holiday weekend, the event brings all the brightest stars in basketball and entertainment. The 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland consisted of 3-days full of basketball from the Rising Stars Challenge to the Skills Challenge, and then the All-Star Game. Fil-Ams Jalen Green and Erik Spoelstra participated in events over the weekend while Fil-Aussie Ylona Garcia went behind the scenes. Check out what happened over the weekend for these three Filipinos!
Jalen Green (Houston Rockets)
The Rookie Shooting Guard had a busy weekend participating in the Rising Stars Challenge and Slam Dunk Contest. The Rising Stars Challenged showcase the up and coming young players in the League along with four of the top G-League Ignite players. With Jalen's history with the G-League Ignite, it was nice of the NBA to include them in this new format. Although Jalen's team lost by a point and free throw, he made sure to put up a clinic. He scored 20 points, scoring four 3-pointers, 2 steals, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot. You could also say Jalen was practicing for the Slam Dunk Contest the next day as he put up a massive dunk during the game. Find all the highlights below!
The Slam Dunk Contest didn't go quite as plan, but he got his dunks up. Before one of his dunks, he did give Isaiah Thomas an NFT. See what he did and how it scored.
Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat):
The Coach for Team Durant made rounds on social media over the weekend not only because he was the the coach for Team Durant, but also because of the family moment he shared on the court. The caption, "Bigger than Basketball" summed up what All-Star Weekend has turned in to.
It was family affair not only for players and coaches' families, but also for the NBA family celebrating the 75th anniversary. The League also has worked towards giving back more to communities during these events. The All-Star game raised $750, 000 for two charities.
The Fil-Aussie singer took us behind the scenes of her time at All-Star Weekend. She sat courtside enjoying the activities while also chatting it up with former Lakers James Worthy and Dallas superstar Dirk Nowitzki back stage. She got some shooting lessons from the one-leg fade away shooter himself and wouldn't we all love to learn from the best. If singing doesn't work out, Ylona could sideline report and be the next Cassidy Hubbarth.
Cover Photo Credit: Houston Rocket Twitter
Fil-Am and Houston Rockets Shooting Guard, Jalen Green is heading to Cleveland, Ohio for the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend. The rookie is having a good first season with averaging 14.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists. With these numbers, Green is participating in two events over the All-Star Weekend: NBA Slam Dunk Contest and the Rising Stars Game. The weekend is set to take place February 18-20 at the Rocket Mortgage Field House.
The Rising Stars game will have a new format that mixes rookies, sophomores, and members from the G-League into four seven-player teams competing in a three-game tournament. Each team will have to reach a target score with the semifinal and final games adding up to 75 points to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the NBA. Green is one of the twelve rookie players invited to play along with 12 sophomores and 4 G-League players. So tune in February 18th to see how it all turns out.
The Saturday events are one of the favorites as it includes the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, and the hyped Slam Dunk show. Jalen Green joins three other players: Obi Toppin, Cole Anthony, and Juan Toscano-Anderson. The dunks and tricks are always crazy so it'll be a sight to watch. Everyone participating has insane skills, but Jalen Green is explosive this season so we'll have to wait and see what happens.
Get the entire rundown of the NBA All-Star Weekend schedule on NBA.com.
Cover Photo Credit: Jalen Green Twitter
For the first time in NBA history, 2 Filipino basketball players played in an NBA game when Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets took on Jordan Clarkson and the Utah Jazz.
Houston Rockets celebrated Filipino Heritage Night presented by Credit Karma Money with a special edition themed Rockets hat and a Jalen Green shirt. Plus those who purchased tickets with the special PSAOT promo code experienced a post-game Q&A with Jalen Green and Jordan Clarkson talking about what this game meant for the League and culture and how they hope to inspire the next group of Filipino ballers. A portion of the proceeds from this offer will go to the Philippine Sports Association of Texas.
With basketball being such a huge part of the culture, it was awesome to see Jalen and Jordan take the court together. The Rockets fell to the Jazz in a 122-91 score, but it was an entertaining game to say the least. The night featured DJs The Kracker Nuttz playing in-arena music from Apl.de.ap to Guapdad 4000.
Before the start of the season, Jordan Clarkson spoke with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles and said he's humbled to be able to represent the country and help pave the way for other Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in basketball. He's also excited to have Jalen Green join the League and hopes they make a path for the next generation to follow.
Jalen and the rest of the young Rockets team look to bring a whole new ball game. These eager players are ready to push the tempo up this season.
Jalen Green was the No. 2 overall draft pick in the 2021 NBA Draft over the summer.
Jalen Green is the 2nd overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and he's headed to the Houston Rockets. He now joins Jordan Clarkson as the other Fil-Am player in the NBA. Green is coming to the Rockets as the projected top two-guard of his class as he averaged 17.9 points on 46 percent shooting from the field in 15 games in the G-League — becoming the first prospect drafted from the Ignite. As a G-League star, he's going to have a promising rookie season.
The Rockets' backcourt will now consists of an explosive pair with their top draft pick, Kevin Porter Jr and Jalen Green. A versatile guard who can score both inside and out, Jalen has the potential to become an elite scorer in the league. His mother Bree Purganan is from Ilocos Sur and his maternal grandfather is a full-blooded Filipino. Jalen's first visit to the Philippines was during the 2018 NBTC tournament, where he played for the FilAm Sports USA team and then returned again in 2019.
In 2020, despite receiving offers to play for the Auburn Tigers and the Memphis Tigers in the US NCAA, Green opted to turn pro and joined the NBA G League Ignite – a team for elite NBA draft prospects. Green cited that the biggest benefit for him joining the G League is to experience the NBA style of play ahead of the college players. Now the hard work pays off as he enters the league as the No. 2 Draft Pick.
Cover Photo Credit: Houston Rockets Facebook