PBA: Bolick wants Northport title once he returns from knee injury
Paul Kennedy Lintag on May 22, 2020 11:36 AM
"Sakin kasi wala ako sa individual eh, gusto ko mapag-champion. Gusto ko maramdaman yung mag-champion sa PBA." — Robert Bolick.
Robert Bolick had one of the smoothest transitions from the college game to the PBA last year.
In his rookie season out of San Beda, Bolick starred for Northport, instantly becoming one of the key pieces for the Batang Pier that had a pretty solid run in 2019.
Unfortunately, Bolick didn't get to finish the year, suffering a knee injury in the middle of the Governors' Cup.
The former no. 3 pick has largely stayed under the radar as he recovered. A good seven months since, Bolick says he's pretty much good to go.
"Okay naman, medyo may positive din sa injury eh, malalaman mo bakit sumakit katawan mo. Pupunta ka sa PT sinasabihan ka kaya sumakit ganito kasi nagda-dive ka, or kailangan mo ng stretch. So medyo okay na rin sakin, madami ako natutunan kung paano alagaan katawan ko," Bolick said.
The incoming sophomore guard appeared at Extra Rice with Rain or Shine's Beau Belga to discuss his recovery from injury, among other things.
"At the same time, blessing na rin. Sa tagal-tagal ko naglalaro ito yung time na maka-spend time ako sa family ko. Hindi ko na lang tinignan yung negative side. Yung positive lang, masaya na ako," Bolick added.
In the late stages of his recovery process, Bolick says his program now should be geared towards returning to the court.
However, the lockdown brough about by the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed his process in that regard. Nevertheless, he's working on his fitness everyday and his knee is back to its peak condition.
"Dapat enhanced na dapat ang program ko ngayon, kaso dumating yung N-Cov, so di natuloy," he said.
"Pero ngayon normal na, di na siya masakit. Medyo na-pabor pa nga sakin to eh, kasi nakaka-recover ako. Ang daming positive," Bolick added.
Bolick's injury last year coincided with Christian Standhardinger's first game with Northport, who the team acquired via trade with San Miguel Beer.
The Batang Pier made a run to the semifinals of the Governors' Cup with Standhardinger as BPC. Northport is built to contend in the PBA now, and Bolick's return should give the team a shot in the arm.
For his return, Bolick's personal goals are aligned with his team. He wants a title.
"Sakin kasi wala ako sa individual eh, gusto ko mapag-champion. Gusto ko maramdaman yung mag-champion sa PBA. Sa college, medyo may teams na pwede ka mag-lie low, relax lang. Sa PBA hindi eh, lahat ng team kaya ka talunin," he said.
"Kung mag-champion ako sa PBA, masaya na ko nun. Ito yung pinaka-mahirap, ito pinaka-high standard," Bolick added.
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