Harden, a seven-time NBA All-Star and five-time All-NBA First Team member, is coming off another scintillating season where he led the league in scoring for the second straight time averaging 36.1 points per game.The 29-year-old guard and the Rockets were knocked off by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals in six games.Harden finished second place in the MVP voting this year behind the Milwaukee Bucks’ two-way sensation Giannis Antetokounmpo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Go For Gold riders bag best PH team award in Le Tour Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:07Manila South Cemetery offers e-trike, wheelchairs to elders, PWDs01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—James Harden is back in town and he immediately let basketball-crazy Filipinos know that he’s arrived. Urgent reply from Philippine football chief PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Harden arrived in Manila on Tuesday from China where he kicked off his promotional tour for adidas.The Houston Rockets superstar spent his day at University of the Philippines in Quezon City where he met the Pilipinas Warriors, the country’s national wheelchair basketball team.The 2018 NBA MVP also shared some on-court tips with young Filipino ballers and entertained them by showcasing with one of the things he does best: Knock down 3-pointers.“This is my fourth time in the Philippines and every time I come I have an amazing time. Obviously, you guys have a different type of respect, love and passion for the game of basketball so it makes me want to continue to come back. Thank you guys. I hope I can continue to inspire you. Keep having dreams and keep chasing dreams,” Harden said in a video posted by ESPN5’s Lyn Olavario.The 29-year-old Harden, one of the most electrifying players today, holds a press conference Wednesday before meeting some of avid Filipino fans at SMX Convention Center. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Mumbai: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US later this week, New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy on Thursday made a passionate appeal here to Indian businesses for making investments in his state. Describing himself as the ‘Head of Sales’, Murphy said not only was New Jersey ready to welcome the Indian business community but also has on offer what the latter were looking for to enable sound global investments and growth for their ventures. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “An environment where new ventures and partnerships can grow, and where innovative companies can invest and expand. Since taking over as Governor, my top priority has been to foster an unrivalled economic ecosystem where Indian companies can find a home and succeed,” urged Murphy. The first-ever sitting Governor of New Jersey to visit India, Murphy, 62, is on a six-city seven-day tour, and was addressing a meeting organized by CFO Engage. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostA former US Ambassador to Germany, he took charge as the 56th Governor of New Jersey in January 2018. Murphy added that in international business, no one can grow entirely on their own or believe they can grow a thriving, sustainable and innovative economy through “a protectionist and closed mindset”. Dwelling on the advantages of New Jersey as an investment destination for Indian businesses, Murphy said he set up the Office of International Trade and Investment within the Economic Development Authority to focus on creating foreign direct investment strategies for the state and for the diplomatic and global business community in the great New Jersey-New York area. “India is New Jersey’s fourth-largest overall foreign trade partner exceeding $8.3 billion annually, it is also the second-biggest source of greenfield FDI, and New Jersey is the destination for half of all Indian FDI in the entire north-eastern US, a critical American economic corridor, and home to over 60 million people,” Murphy said. Highlighting the location advantages, he said New Jersey is next door to the world’s biggest capital market New York in north and the country’s fastest growing business hub of Philadelphia to the south, where around 420,000 Indians are settled. The state is also home to some of the world’s leading institutions of higher education like the Princeton University and Rutgers University, the US’s most highly educated and highly-skilled doctorate and technical talent, diversity, with a second-to-none global connectivity to consumers and work forces. Murphy said New Jersey was linking the state with Indian institutions and businesses for joint interests in mutual economic growth and prosperity, researchers from the state were going to India to engage in R&D projects in emerging Indian market sectors, like clean energy, and explore new avenues for Indian firms to set up businesses. “I welcome each of you to join us as a partner. It will be your best decision ever for a great and innovative future on both sides of the world. This will be good for all and enable a stronger and fairer global economy that works for the families of New Jersey and families of India,” added Murphy.