IN a way, Aby Marano had a hand in long-time partner Robert Bolick getting ready for action once team workouts among PBA teams are finally given the green light.
The 27-year-old F2 Logistics star helped the NorthPort sophomore in his rehab program, especially when Metro Manila was put under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of the year.
“Okay naman siya. Tuluy-tuloy yung rehab niya kahit dito sa bahay,” said Marano. “What I do for him is kaunting stretching, and stuff like that.”
“Sobrang okay naman.”
Bolick has recently been given a clearance to finally join the Batang Pier in their individual workouts when PBA teams start practicing again.
The sophomore guard went down with an ACL tear on his right knee in October during NorthPort’s game against San Miguel Beer in the Governors Cup.
He was out of commission for the next nine months, but the long PBA break brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic gave him enough time to recover and rehab from the injury, with help from his volleyball player fiancée.
“Continues ang rehab niya even during the ECQ days,” shared NorthPort team manager Bonnie Tan.
The Batang Pier official said he witnessed how eager Bolick is about coming back.
“He works out in our private gym during the lockdown,” said Tan, also head coach of reigning NCAA men’s basketball champion Letran.
Bolick's clearance came at a perfect time as he and Marano celebrated their seventh-year anniversary together on Saturday.
“Nag-order lang siya ng mga cake,” said Marano of how she and Bolick spent their special day together.