For those keeping score in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been having an up-and-down season punctuated by several winning and yes, losing streaks.
As a matter of fact, things were so bad for the team even after the All-Star break that LeBron James went as far as saying that the Cavs should not be on national TV (and international TV, for those of us living outside the U.S.) for the rest of the season.
That changed last February when the Cavs won a nail-biter against the Minnesota Timberwolves. That’s when LeBron surprised everyone during a post-game interview when he called ESPN courtside reporter Cassidy Hubbarth the team’s “good luck charm.”
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) February 8, 2018
That viral interview as tweeted by Def Pen Hoops, made a lot of Filipino fans more curious about Cassidy, who as it turned out has been enjoying quite a following, especially on social media (with over 100,000 followers each on Twitter and Instagram) since she joined ESPN in 2010.
But even though Cassidy’s information is just a Google search away and she is, in fact, currently considered as one of the sexiest sportscasters, not too many are aware that the 33-year old Illinois native is actually half-Filipino. Yes, Cassidy’s mother, Emmeline is Filipina while her father, Gerry is of German and Irish descent.
In a 2016 feature on “The Women of ESPN” by Allure magazine, Cassidy said she is very proud of her Filipino heritage.
“I like to accentuate what I was given…It’s kind of weird when I say this but I’m like, ‘make sure you don’t take away the Asian out of my eyes,’” she quipped.
Whenever she gets an opportunity, she also tweets excitedly about the Philippines and even certain fellow Filipinos, like Bruno Mars.
Bruno is part Filipino pic.twitter.com/sp8VGuyoB8
— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) June 26, 2017
Reminder that Bruno Mars is part Filipino…..just cause.
— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) January 29, 2018
She was equally stoked when TV5 and ESPN collaborated to launch ESPN5 last year.
ESPN is coming back to the Philippines!! Such exciting news, read more https://t.co/HcpSPM4eXB
— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) October 12, 2017
Not much is known about Cassidy’s personal life outside of her TV career and journalism background. She did, however, admitted in a 2015 tweet that she is married in her reply to a troll that she has since blocked from her Twitter account.
As for LeBron James, he did express the need to have Cassidy and the good luck she provides in more Cavs games, especially now after the team lost Game 1 of their opening playoff series to the overachieving Indiana Pacers. Cassidy is the courtside reporter only for the team’s nationally-televised games but is also an anchor to several ESPN studio programs.
Will Cassidy Hubbarth be a factor in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ quest for a second NBA championship? Just as no one is willing to bet against LeBron James even with his team’s struggles, it may be equally foolish to dismiss the lovely lady he personally anointed as his team’s lucky charm.