PBA: Nambatac recalls first practice with Yap: "Nabulol ako"
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jul 05, 2020 03:18 PM
"Nabulol ako, hindi ako nakapag-salita ng maayos," Rey Nambatac said as he recalled his first practice with James Yap.
From what it looks like, the keys to the Rain or Shine franchise have been handed to Rey Nambatac.
The former Letran star truly blossomed in the last PBA season, giving the Elasto Painters some great playoff wins by way of his clutch performances.
The former first-round pick is getting all the opportunities to accelerate his development, getting the much-needed playing time all while playing with championship-winning veterans.
Championship-winning veterans like James Yap.
"Nabulol ako, hindi ako nakapag-salita ng maayos," Nambatac said on the PBA's Kamustahan as he recalled the moment he practiced with Yap for the first time.
"Si Manong [James] kasi idol ko talaga since elementary pa ko. First day of practice ko, kinausap niya agad ako. Sa isip ko, 'panaginip lang yata to,'" he added.
In his rookie season, Nambatac didn't see much playing time behind Rain or Shine's crew of veteran guards.
But as he made his transition from college to pros, Yap's early piece of advice to Nambatac sure came in handy as Rey finally got his chance in his sophomore year.
"Sinabi niya sakin na pagbutihin ko raw at hindi naman daw ganoon kahirap practice namin kasi professional na nga raw kami," Nambatac said.
"At huli niyang sinabi sakin, i-guide niya raw ako para madali akong makapag-adjust," he added.
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