MANILA, Philippines—Greater than something, Robert Bolick stated his transfer to the Japanese B.League was all attributable to his pursuit of worldwide expertise.
Bolick admitted that his transfer from the PBA to a different skilled league abroad to play for the Fukushima Firebonds was bred from his curiosity about whether or not his recreation may “translate to Japan.”
“To be sincere, it’s simply due to the expertise. PBA and B.League are totally different and I simply need to attempt to see if my recreation can translate to Japan and simply check out one thing new,” the sharpshooter stated in a web based press convention on Wednesday.
“It wasn’t actually about cash or something, it’s simply because I need to strive one thing new. I need to see if I can are available and play in a distinct tradition so by the tip of my profession, I might be like ‘Okay, I’ve been an import in Japan.’ You don’t know what the league’s going to be in 10 years and that’s simply my fundamental factor.”
In final yr’s PBA Governors’ Cup, Bolick missed the primary video games of Northport Batang Pier which price them in the long term. They completed with a 3-8 file to overlook the playoffs.
When Bolick did go well with up for the Batang Pier within the season-ending convention, he posted averages of 21.6 factors. 5.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.0 steals per recreation.
The San Beda product was anticipated to work out a brand new cope with Northport however he ended up signing with Fukushima final Could.
What he can carry to the Firebonds, he stated, was his expertise in enjoying the two-guard place on the worldwide stage.
“On the court docket, I’m similar to probably the most skilled guard right here, enjoying within the World Cup and internationally so I simply need to be a serving to hand, give them what I realized from my seniors once I was a rookie again within the Philippines,” he stated.
It won’t be simple for Bolick, as Fukushima is a B2 division crew within the B.League which suggests a highway to the league’s title shall be lengthy and arduous.
Bolick, nevertheless, stated that Fukushima being in B2 was additionally one of many the reason why he determined to signal with the Firebonds.
“That was one of many the reason why I wished to go to B2. In B1, you win a championship however right here it’s going to the subsequent step. You don’t simply win a championship, you additionally get a promotion going up towards B1.”
“That was one of many thrilling elements of becoming a member of this crew, to assist them come to B1. That’s one thing you received’t neglect for the remainder of your life and I simply wished to take the possibility.”