PBA: Proud coach Norman drafts son Aaron to Meralco
Paul Lintag on Dec 09, 2019 03:35 PM
With Aaron somehow still available in the middle of the second round, coach Norman never hesitated and drafted his kid 18th overall. (PBA)
Norman Black was one proud dad Sunday night.
Coach Norman got an opportunity of a lifetime in the 2019 PBA Draft when he selected his own son Aaron to be part of his Meralco Bolts.
With Aaron somehow still available in the middle of the second round, coach Norman never hesitated and drafted his kid 18th overall.
“I’m happy to get a chance to coach him, it will be the first time I’ve been able to do that since he started playing basketball,” coach Norman said of Aaron.
“I think he can help us a lot, he’s a well-rounded player, he does a lot of things on the basketball court so I’m looking forward to working with him,” he added.
The 18th pick was the Bolts’ first in the Draft.
Coach Norman was surprised his son dropped that low. But it’s all good as the Blacks get to be together at Meralco now.
“I wasn’t really sure, because a lot of people thought he was going to be picked earlier. But he fractured his hand about four weeks ago and he did not participate in the Draft camp,” Coach Norman said.
“Because of that, I thought there was a possibility that he might drop a little bit. I didn’t think he would reach us but I’m happy he did,” he added.
Coach Norman is a Grand Slam champion coach and is arguably the best import the PBA has ever seen.
But drafting his own son to the PBA is a different thrill for Black.
“I think that was the best part of it, being able to go up on stage and actually hand him the jacket, and give him a chance to play in the PBA. I think he deserves it, he’s been through a lot in his short career. He’s overcome a lot,” coach Norman said.
“I’m super proud of him. I’m glad he’s overcome a lot of adversity, injuries, and now he has a chance to get to the big leagues. I’m really happy for him,” he added.
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