GlobalPort’s temperamental big man Kelly Nabong has apologized to the team, to the PBA, and to the fans, just days after losing his cool and blowing his top against the referees, Phoenix coach Louie Alas, and even team officials and teammates.
“I apologize to the PBA and to the fans, to GlobalPort management and the Batang Pier fans and the coaching staff. I kind of put that loss on my shoulder. It’s pretty much my fault, and I kind of take that on me,” said Nabong during an interview with Spin.ph after the team’s Monday morning practice.
The volatile Fil-Am, who was suspended and eventually dropped from the Meralco roster just last conference following a public spat with assistance coach Jimmy Alapag, also admitted that he promised the team’s coaching staff that it would never happen again.
The Batang Pier started off on the wrong foot against Phoenix and paid dearly for it as the Fuel Masters established a 31-point lead early in the game. But despite losing Nabong, who’s currently averaging a league 3rd best 11.2 rebounds per game on top of 13.5 points, 1.9 assists and 1.7 blocks, GlobalPort managed to make a fight out of it and was able to cut the lead down to 4 with less than a minute left in the game. The spirited rally however fell short and the Fuel Masters escaped with a 104-100 win.
It was a disappointing loss for GlobalPort as it deprived them of a chance to finish with a higher seeding. As a result, they settled for 7th spot and along with a twice-to-win disadvantage against the 2nd seeded Magnolia Hotshots.
With all that behind him now, Nabong is looking forward to leading GlobalPort deep into the playoffs of the league’s most prestigious conference.
“It’s over now. I really learned from my mistakes and we’re really focus on the playoff right now, so I really want to put that incident away and set aside going into the playoffs.”