NLEX aims to fan the flames of its playoff hopes in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Wednesday when it unveils the talented Robert Bolick in a showdown against corporate sibling TNT, who are also eager to regain their footing in a tournament that has been considered a favorite.
The 2-5 Road Warriors will look to snap out of a three-game losing streak and break the playoff race qualification threshold in the 8 p.m. showdown at PhilSports Arena, trading Bolick to obviously be the team's new leader with Kevin Alas out for cause of a third ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury.
With all eyes undoubtedly on Bolick, the former NorthPort point guard and member of the national basketball program who left to play in Japan should immediately help NLEX's bid go sideways as he also handles the absence of Wingers and the struggles of ace forward Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser.
“To my new team, my new family… thank you very much for the opportunity and for welcoming me here in my new home. I am very excited to start this new chapter of my career,” Bolick said on Tuesday in an Instagram entry where he also thanked his former club.
“I will not disappoint you. I will do everything and do my best to contribute to this team's future championship”, he added.
Expect the sister teams to give up no quarter as the 2-3 Tropang Giga are also looking to right their ship. Perennial contenders are also losing, and their team led by imports Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jayson Castro and Calvin Oftana are all eager to climb out of the bottom half of the standings.
An emotional angle will complement the high-stakes clash at the Pasig venue as NLEX is also scheduled to hold a jersey retirement ceremony for Asi Taulava, the decorated wrestler whose career blossomed on TNT.
Interestingly, Bolick's last game before leaving the PBA was against TNT in the Governors' Cup loss last season. He finished with 14 points in that contest.
Meanwhile, Terrafirma are also looking to end their dry spell by taking on winless Converge in the 4pm curtain raiser.