Bolick says he’ll wait for Gilas call, if any, before leaving for Japan
ROBERT Bolick remains fully committed to Gilas Pilipinas after accepting an offer to play in the Japan B.League second division.
Bolick assured he will say yes if his number is called, especially in the coming months as Gilas Pilipinas gears up for the Fiba Basketball World Cup.
Bolick could be in line for a second straight World Cup appearance after being part of the Yeng Guiao-coached squad in 2019 in Foshan, China.
The now Fukishima Firedragons import said he doesn’t plan on leaving for Japan to join his team until he learns if he will be called to participate in Gilas practice which will start on June 7.
“Ready naman ako parati kapag pinatawag. Kung hindi, ipagdasal natin ‘yung team,” said Bolick.
“Kung hindi ako pinatawag, tapusin ko lang siguro ‘yung kasal ko tapos aalis na siguro ako. Pero kapag pinatawag, alam naman ng team ko ‘yun. Suporta naman sila,” said Bolick, who will have his church wedding with wife Cassandra this month.
The 27-year-old Bolick played two games with Gilas in the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers. He averaged 10 points and 2.5 rebounds during the February 2022 window where they played India and New Zealand.
Bolick said he will support Gilas even if he isn’t called for duty.
“Kapag pinatawag lang ako at hindi ma-lineup, siyempre masakit pero ganun talaga. Hindi na sarili ang iniisip ko. Siyempre, matataas na tao ang nagde-decide. Suportahan na lang natin at magkaisa tayo,” said Bolick.
“Kawawa ‘yung mga coaches natin. Parati silang tinitira ng mga tao. At the end of the day, Pilipino naman tayo lahat. Suportahan na lang natin. Wag na tayong magdagdag sa iisipin nila,” said Bolick.