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NBA Rumors: LeBron James cancels Philippines visit; Terrorism threat, Obama-Duterte controversy main reason for cancellation

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LeBron James, the superstar for the NBA champion team Cleveland Cavaliers, has canceled at the last minute his visit to the Philippines, confirmed by its sponsor Nike.

“Due to logistical challenges Nike has made the difficult decision to cancel the Manila portion of LeBron James’ Asia tour. We apologize to all the fans in the Philippines and will look to reschedule the tour in the future,” Nike, the shoe, and sports apparel company which LeBron endorses, said in an official statement.

LeBron was set to arrive on Thursday for the two-day stop of this visit, which would have been the third to the Asian country. He was scheduled to take part in many activities including the “Battle the Doubt Bootcamp”, a basketball clinic which is facilitated by Nike coaches and athletes.

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The company did not specify what were the “logistical challenges” in the cancellation of the Manila leg of the tour. There are rumors and speculations that the current situation in the country could be a factor.

A terrorist attack happened south of Manila, the nation’s capital, in Davao City last week to put the country on high alert for possible terrorist attacks.

The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte also allegedly called U.S. President a slur word in a recent press conference, which prompted the cancellation of the meeting between the two presidents in an international forum event this week. Duterte has since apologized to Obama and said that his statement was misinterpreted by the media.

The pair of events could likely be among the factors why LeBron’s team decided to cancel the Manila leg of his Asian tour.

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The event would have been a great opportunity for LeBron to reconnect with his fans from the Philippines after winning the NBA title, the first in the franchise, for the Cleveland Cavaliers last June.

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