‘All love’: Boban thanks PH for support, shares fun moment with Gilas
MANiLA, Philippines — Even on the international stage, Serbian center Boban Marjanovic showed why he’s one of the most lovable players in the NBA.
Marjanovic shared a light moment with Gilas Pilipinas following Serbia’s 83-76 win over the Philippines on Thursday in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia.
The 7-foot-4 gentle giant, who also plays for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, took the time to oblige for a photo with Dwight Ramos, Mike Nieto and Geo Chiu while doing his famous pose.
A video of Marjanovic doing the same gesture with Nieto, Isaac Go, Ange Kouame, SJ Belangel, Will Navarro, Justin Baltazar and physical therapist Dex Aseron also made rounds on social media.
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“People from Philippines, all love. Thank you for all your support,” Marjanovic said in a video.
But while it was all fun after the game, Marjanovic was a menace against Gilas Pilipinas, which had no answer for him especially when it mattered most.
With Gilas hanging tough with the fifth-best team in the world, Serbia leaned on Marjanovic down the stretch to survive a gritty stand by the young Filipinos.
Marjanovic finished with 25 points, including key baskets late, and 10 rebounds.