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LA Clippers Honor First Fil-Am NBA Player Raymond Townsend During Filipino Heritage Night (Video)

The Los Angeles Clippers celebrated Filipino Heritage night during its game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
The event featured Filipino pre-game and halftime entertainment, and fans took home a commemorative Filipino Heritage Night hat.

During the showcase, the Clippers felt that it would be best if it honor the first player with Filipino blood to ever saw action in the greatest stage in the world which is the NBA.
In-game, the franchise made a tribute to Raymond Townsend who is considered as the First Filipino-American to ever play in the league.
The 6-foot-3 guard came out of UCLA in college and was selected as the 22nd overall pick, the last pick in the first round that time, by the Golden State Warriors in the 1978 Draft.
He played two seasons with the Golden State Warriors from 1978 to 1980 where he wore jersey no. 11. Townsend also had an stint with the Indiana Pacers during the 1981-1982 season.
Townsend was born in San Jose, California to a Filipina mother in former Virginia Marella, a naitve of Balayan, Batangas while his father, Ray Sr., is American.
His brother, Kurtis Townsend, is currently an assistant coach for the University of Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team.
[Watch the tribute video on the first Fil-Am in the NBA Raymond Townsend:]


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