Batang Pier NorthPort sharpshooter Robert Bolick has officially jumped from local to international, signing with the Japanese basketball club Fukushima.
Bolick, 27, inked a two-year deal with the Firebonds, with the hopes of bringing more firepower to the team. The former San Beda star could be the solution to Fukushima qualifying for the playoffs.
His new team only had a 28-32 win-loss record last season, and with the addition of the explosive-playmaker guard, they may have a shot at getting past the regular season.
Bolick expressed his gratefulness to Fukushima via the team’s official Instagram account, writing, “I am very grateful and blessed to be a part of Fukushima Firebonds. I am very grateful and blessed to be a part of Fukushima Firebonds.”
He has been the face of NortPort for five years, but unfortunately, they could not keep up with the intensity of the playoffs. Bolick and his former team only reached the semifinals once.
The 6’2 guard will be the newest offensive weapon of Fukushima, especially being an All-Star in the PBA. In his final season with NorthPort, Bolick put up 21.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 6.14 assists while shooting 43% from the field, and 31% from deep.
But he may not have had the license to do so, especially with his involvement in a viral ‘ligang-labas’.
Robert Bolick Dodges Bullet
The former Batang Pier was also involved in a ligang labas that happened in Carmen, Cebu. Ten players have been slapped with fines and suspensions. They were also at risk of losing their professional licenses.
Bolick could have been among the players that would pay a total of P590K in fines. But luckily for him, his contract with NortPort expired last April 21.
The unsanctioned game went viral after his contract expired. He also opted out of a contract extension and thus was spared from any ramifications.
Meanwhile, his colleagues are not as fortunate as he was.
Magnolia’s Jio Jalalon was given a P100K fine after committing the same infraction twice. He was also suspended without pay for 15 days.
The unluckiest player to have been involved in the unsanctioned games was JR Quiñahan. His penalty, apart from paying the fines, was the termination of his NLEX contract.
Bolick was drafted third overall in 2018 and had a splendid final season that included two 30-plus points and a career-high 44 points.