Bolick was "welcomed" to the PBA by coach Yeng, Belga

Paul Kennedy Lintag on May 22, 2020 12:05 PM
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As a top prospect and a key player, Bolick became the focus of some "welcoming" rites from league veterans.

Robert Bolick was one of the more exciting rookies in the PBA in recent history.

While Bolick's first year in the PBA was cut short due to knee injuries, he quickly became a key piece for the Northport Batang Pier and averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.

As a top prospect and a key player, Bolick became the focus of some "welcoming" rites from league veterans.

Appearing on Extra Rice with Rain or Shine's Beau Belga, Bolick recalled some of his memories from such rites during his rookie year.

Spoiler alert, Belga "welcomed" him to the league too.

 


Coach Yeng Guiao

"Nung una, first game Blackwater, yun naka-26 points ako. Gulat din ako, minsan swerte din talaga, kahit anong bato mo, shoot. Next game, ayan na kinausap ako ni Ryan Arana, NLEX kalaban. Si Coach Yeng, pag sino gumawa dati, alam ko na yan. May sasabihin sayo yan wag ka na lang mag-react," Bolick said.

The no. 3 pick of the 2018 Draft did fire 26 points right off the bat in the 2019 Philippine Cup, announcing his presence in a big way.

Shoutout to Ryan Arana too for being a great teammate for giving his rookie a fair warning of what's to come.

"Syempre ako wala naman akong alam, first quarter, si Kevin [Alas], binubunggo ako. Sabi ko, ito na siguro, ready na ako. Tapos, naka-mintis ako sa may banda ni Coach Yeng, sabi niya, Ano akala mo, Pasko parati?"

 


Mark Barroca and Beau Belga

Barroca is one of the premier defensive guards in the PBA, so it only seems natural to give opposing guards some problems.

As for Belga though, well, the guy is one of the PBA's best enforcers.

"After nun, sila Paul Lee naman tsaka si Barroca. Si Mark, akala mo yung kamay magnanakaw. Hampas dito, hampas doon di tinatawagan," Bolick said.

"Ito na playoffs, Rain or Shine. Ikaw [Belga] sinasapak mo ako sa dibdib. Si Gabe alam ko mabait, sabi niya, Sorry youngblood. Sakit ng dibdib ko nun," he added.

Bolick had some good stories to tell to Beau in the latest episode for Extra Rice. Watch the whole thing below.

 


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