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Artis perfect for Bolick

Joaquin Henson – The Philippine Considerable person

February 9, 2022 | 12: 00am

MANILA, Philippines — Newly-arrived NorthPort import Jamel Artis might per chance well well be a perfect operating accomplice for Robert Bolick nonetheless the mutter is the pale San Beda primary person is nowhere to be chanced on. The PBA Governors’ Cup restarts Friday and NorthPort returns to movement in opposition to Rain or Shine on the Spruce Araneta Coliseum tomorrow.

Bolick, Greg Slaughter and Nico Elorde are not any-reveals to this level at NorthPort’s practices after their contracts not too lengthy ago expired. They’re finding out their alternate options. NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio acknowledged he’s hands-off in talking to the three gamers. “Sila ng management ang nag-uusap,” acknowledged Jarencio who’s taking treatment not too lengthy ago for vertigo nonetheless he jokes the condition wasn’t triggered by the three missing gamers. “Bagay na bagay si Artis kay Robert. ‘Di ko alam ang reputation ng negotiations basta kami, apply lang ng apply. Sa pagkawala ng tatlo, walang tension sa amin. Sabi ko, handle conclude or lose, sama-sama tayo, laro lang at solid naman ang lineup.”

To beget in the gaps, NorthPort signed up 6-4 Cris Dumapig of Southwestern University, 5-8 Roi Sumang of UE and 5-8 Alvin Abundo of CEU. Dumapig, 33, used to be NorthPort’s third-spherical handle conclude in 2019. Sumang, 31, used to be GlobalPort’s third-spherical handle conclude in 2015 and has performed in five PBA seasons. Abundo, 29, used to be Blackwater’s seventh-spherical handle conclude in 2015 and is coming off a finals stint at FilBasket. He has performed in four PBA seasons and used to be on the Magnolia squad that took the 2018 Governors’ Cup crown.

“Versatile kami,” acknowledged Jarencio. “Wala kaming pure sentro, parang positionless kasi ngayon, bihira na yung mga pumo-poste maliban kay June Mar (Fajardo). Mga sentro tumitira na sa labas, nag-pipick and pa at pwedeng magazine kwatro o tres. Si Artis, pure three pero pwede magazine uno, dos o kwatro. Also can tira sa labas, mabilis, kayang humawak ng bola.”

A which that you can well doubtless judge of first five for NorthPort might per chance well well be Troy Rike at five, Arwind Santos at four, Jamie Malonzo at three, Artis at two and Sumang at one. Any other mixture might per chance well well be Kevin Ferrer, Malonzo, Artis, Santos and Paolo Taha. “Ikot-ikot lang basta mabilis ang laro at might per chance well well also laki naman kami,” acknowledged Jarencio. “Hindi kami mabagal. Maganda sana kung kumpleto kami pero ‘di natin mapwepwersa kung ayaw maglaro. Kailangan buong puso ang loob sa court docket.”

Artis, 29, arrived final Friday from Baltimore. He performed four seasons with the University of Pittsburgh varsity then noticed movement for the Orlando Magic in the NBA in 2017. Artis has salubrious up in France, Lithuania and Greece. His fraternal twin brother Jamaal is serving a reformatory term for armed robbery and Artis supports him financially. His mother Pamela used to be a drug addict who abandoned her family and died in 2015. His father Kevin is a US postman and raised his sons. He performs various positions and has a deft contact from the outdoors, passes with a reason and is a 75 percent free throw shooter. Artis feels like a salubrious match for NorthPort with or with out the three missing our bodies.

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