Photo courtesy of Robert Bolick's Instagram
By Xy-Zha Cabanlong
Pasay City - It is no secret that Robert Bolick and Stanley Pringle share a special bond.
On the day the news broke in that Pringle will be traded off to Ginebra, Bolick is one of those NorthPort players that quickly expressed sadness. He knew he was not only losing a teammate, but he's also losing his "Kuya" to a new team.
"Mentor ko yun e, nagkasama kami four months lang. Pero every day, sa practice, yung mami-miss ko sa kanya yung pag papasok pa lang sasabihin nya sa akin “let’s go shoot, bro!” Parating shooting kami kaagad, tuturuan nya ako kaagad," Bolick narrated
Bolick mentioned that Pringle selflessly taught him how to adjust in playing in the pros, especially that he came to the team, fresh off the collegiate league.
"Alam nya lahat nangyayari so kaya ako nag-iimprove sa laro ko ngayon is because of him. Di ko kinukuha lahat ng credit kasi naglalaro lang ako tapos sila yung tumutulong lahat sa akin para umangat yung laro ko. The credit goes to the coaching staff, my teammates and Stanley for sure," the former San Beda Red Lion added.
Pringle worked extra hours with Bolick in order for the latter to improve on his game - something on which the younger point guard appreciates. He pays high respect as to how Pringle offered his time to help him find his rhythm in the game.
"Sabi ko nung first conference, naghihirap ako. I played good, bad, good, bad - hindi ako consistent. So, on that summer break, ginawa lang namin ni Stanley is to practice every day tapos may stick sya na ginagamit nya na pang-butata sa akin parati kapag nagda-drive ako,"
"Dahil dun, nag-iisip ako, kung anong gagawin ko, pano ko malulusutan yun – yung mga simpleng efforts nya na ganun, ang dami kong natutunan dun," Bolick added.
More than the fact that he knew he could have learned so much more as four months is way too short a time for him to learn a lot from Pringle, Bolick claims that it is their bonding as friends and brothers is what he will miss the most now that Pringle is about to don a new team colour.
"Yung trash talking naming dalawa, ayun, masaya. Kuya talaga e, ayun talaga yung pinaka-mami-miss ko sa kanya," Bolick concluded.