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    Norman Black says playing time issue behind indefinite suspension of Kelly Nabong

    Oct 3, 2017
    Norman Black said Kelly Nabong was unhappy with his playing time which led the Bolts to impose an indefinite suspension on the Fil-Am big man. Jerome Ascano

    MERALCO coach Norman Black shed light on the suspension of eccentric big man Kelly Nabong hours before Game Two of the PBA Governors' Cup semifinals against Star on Tuesday. 

    Talking to reporters in the aftermath of a 98-74 win over the Hotshots, Black said Nabong was unhappy with his limited minutes on the court.

    It wasn't clear, though, if this sparked the verbal altercation between Nabong and assistant coach Jimmy Alapag in the fourth quarter of the series opener last Sunday.

    But early Tuesday, the team decided to suspend the Fil-Am indefinitely for conduct ‘unbecoming of a PBA player and detrimental to the team.’ 

    "Obviously he's not happy with his playing time and that's sad because we're trying to win a championship now," said Black after the Game 2 win that moved the Bolts closer to a return to the finals.

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      Nabong's status is still up in the air. But the Bolts hardly needed his help in taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. 

      The Bolts look to finish off the Hotshots in Game Three on Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

      "We wanted Kelly to be part of what's going on here but he's not happy with the situation right now with the team, so we suspended him indefinitely til we can sort it out," he said.

      "Hopefully tomorrow we might be able to make some decisions on his situation, but right now he's suspended indefinitely," added Black. 

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      Norman Black said Kelly Nabong was unhappy with his playing time which led the Bolts to impose an indefinite suspension on the Fil-Am big man. Jerome Ascano
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