Robert Bolick has not given the future much thought as he’s still reeling from the disappointing end of NorthPort’s PBA season, Wednesday.
The Batang Pier saw their Governors’ Cup playoff hopes thrown out the window following a 134-110 beatdown at the hands of TNT. This marks the second time this season that the ball club failed to make it past the elimination round.
It would mean early vacation for the rebuilding crew, and more time for the star guard to think of what’s next for him. His current contract will expire on April 30.
But then again, it’s something that he’ll take care of later.
“‘Di ko pa alam,” he said shortly after the match at the Philsports Arena in Pasig. “Siyempre management namin, nasasaktan din. Kaming mga players, nasasaktan din, talo. Tingnan namin siguro by April, pagbalik practice.”
Bolick cited the uncertainties of the PBA offseason as to why he has yet to gauge his future, since it will be a long break ahead to give way to Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations for the FIBA World Cup 2023 in August.
Commissioner Willie Marcial, in a previous interview, said that their target start for Season 48 is on the second week of October. This, because the league will also be backing the men’s team for the Asian Games the month prior.
There’s a planned preseason tournament to compensate for the lull but nothing’s set yet. And for the 27-year-old, a lot can still happen.
“‘Di ko pa alam kung ano mangyayari dahil kasi, ang tagal ng start ng season, October pa. Ang daming pwedeng mangyari,” he said.
Bolick, though, assured that his priority is and will always be NorthPort. He’s willing to enter discussions anew since he, too, would want ‘peace of mind.’
“Priority ko naman parati PBA eh,” said the San Beda product, who missed the Batang Pier’s first games of the ongoing conference due to contract talks.
“‘Di ko alam kung kailan kami maguusap pero for sure maguusap kami at aayusin namin ‘yung pwede naming ayusin para may peace of mind na rin – makakapag-kontrata na, balik ulit trabaho, and then the next [season] na.”
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