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    Haters his top motivation as Bolick vows to prove self again, this time in PBA

    Dec 12, 2018
    PHOTO: Dj Cubangbang

    ROBERT Bolick may be a cinch for a top three selection in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, but he never loses the huge chip on his shoulder.

    "Nakakataba ng puso kasi yung pinagdaanan ko, di ba? Kahit sino naman dito, walang nakakaalam na ganito pala ang mapupuntahan ko," the 23-year-old guard said on Wednesday during the 2018 PBA Gatorade Draft Combine.

    Seldom-used at La Salle, Bolick gambled and moved to San Beda, where he became one of the best two-way guards of his batch on the way to winning two NCAA titles, as well as an MVP award in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup with Cignal.

    But with success came detractors, and not even his accolades could stop his critics from raining on his parade.

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      Curiously, the Ormoc native knows how to handle the haters.

      "Pag nababasa ko sa mga articles na ang daming galit sa akin, tuwang-tuwa talaga ako. Yun ang the best para sa akin, kapag maraming naghe-hate sa akin kasi feeling ko kulang pa ako eh," the former Red Lions star said.

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      "Pag tinitignan ko 'yung mga masamang sinasabi sa akin ng mga tao, pag nagwo-work out ako tapos pagod na ako, tinitingnan ko lang yun at nasasarapan ako, gumagaan ang loob ko na kailangan ko pa galingan kasi marami pang di natutuwa sa akin," he said.

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      "Kaya para sa akin, ituloy lang nila yun kasi makakatulong talaga sila sa akin. Laking pasasalamat ko sa kanila kasi nakakatulong sila sa laro ko."

      As Bolick makes the biggest leap of his basketball career, all he is thinking about is sticking with the things he knows best.

      "Sa akin, wala akong pakialam kung saan ako mapunta. Magandang team o di magandang team, para sa akin kung may team na tiningnan ako at gusto ako, meaning noon is may nakikita sila na something sa akin at okay na ako dun, masaya na ako dun," he said.

      "Ibibigay ko lang lahat para sa kanila. NorthPort man yan o Blackwater o kahit saan pa, ibibigay ko ang lahat ko. Kung ano ginagawa ko sa college, ganoon pa rin ang gagawin ko sa pros. Ibibigay ko lang ang lahat ng kaya kong ibigay, and I'll just work hard. Ito na yung pangarap ko eh. Bibitawan ko pa ba? Kakamatayan ko na ito."

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      PHOTO: Dj Cubangbang
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