A ‘CELEBRATION’ over a lovely steak dinner and a relaxing father and son chat was Chris Newsome’s way to prepare himself for his first Finals appearance in his basketball career in the Philippines.
The Meralco rookie suited up for Ateneo in 2013, 2014 and 2015 but he never got the chance to play in the championship. So on the eve of his Finals debut, he felt it was the right time to celebrate with the one who has been always there for him.
“The only thing that I did differently was me and my dad had a nice little dinner last night just to kind of celebrate ‘cause we made it to the Finals. He’s been with me and my mom, my family, they’ve been with me throughout this journey,” said Newsome.
Instead of overthinking about his first Finals game, which Meralco eventually won via overtime, 114-109, the high-flying guard took the chance to thank and bond with his supportive dad.
“He’s definitely proud of me for getting to this point so I just felt that last night was kind of [to] settle down, just me and him, go get some dinner,” he said.
“And now that we got that (Game One) done so the next one (dinner) will be after this series,” he added laughing.
Newsome, who finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, also promised to take his dad and hopefully his mom out for dinner once the Finals ends, hopefully to celebrate a Bolts title.
“Win or lose, I think he deserves another dinner, he’s done so much for me for my career. The dinner is just a nice way to experience another father and son bonding. And I hope my mom can fly out soon so I can be able to take her out and do some things also,” he said.
Game Two is on Sunday also at the Araneta Coliseum.