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Kobe, KD, Rose top Filipino national team Smart Gilas

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NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dunks the ball in an exhibition game with Filipino basketball players during the Ultimate All-Star Weekend at Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City Metro Manila on July 23, 2011. The proceeds from the exibition game will help Philippine sports and develop Filipino athletes into becoming world-class competitors. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

NOEL CELIS

In the second game of the Filipino All-Star Weekend in Manila, the result was pretty much what you’d expect. A more experienced team gave the NBA stars (dubbed the “Smart All-Stars”) a tougher contest, but it wasn’t enough, because, you know, that whole “best players in the whole world.” From the Philippino Stars:

After overpowering a PBA selection team with a never-ending barrage of slam dunks and highlight reels the other night, Kobe Bryant and his Smart All-Stars found a quicker and more game Smart Gilas Pilipinas but still fashioned out a 98-89 win yesterday to complete a sweep of the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend.

via Kobe’s stars dazzle, tantalize - The Philippine Star » News » Sports.

Afterwards, the biggest star, Kobe Bryant, a virtual god in the Philippines (and China, and to people who love tacos) met another virtual god there.

So yeah, pretty good weekend for the Filipino basketball scene. Bryant led the way with 17, while Durant and McGee both scored 16. You have to wonder if with a little more planning, they could have found a US television partner. The usual suspects are out from a fear of the NBA getting upset, but you’d think someone would want to showcase NBA players playing.

Instead, it was just a fleeting moment, to see how wonderful it would be to have Kobe Bryant and JaVale McGee on the same team.

Kidding.

But hey, by January, you’ll be missing JaVale McGee pretty badly.

Kidding. Again.