Robert Bolick’s stay in the Japan B.League ended on Thursday, Oct. 19, when he decided to sever ties with his squad, Fukushima Firebonds.
According to the Firebonds, it was Bolick who requested a release, which the team swiftly granted after talks with the former Gilas Pilipinas guard’s camp fell through.
“Bolick recently expressed his intention to leave the club, and despite numerous discussions, he remained resolute in his decision. In the end, we chose to honor his wishes.I would like to emphasize that the contract terms did not make it easy to terminate or transfer mid-season,” Firebonds president Hajime Nishida said in a statement.
“This situation arose shortly after the season began, catching the club off guard. I deeply regret any disappointment felt by our devoted supporters who had high hopes for Bolick.”
The reason for Bolick’s decision was not disclosed in the statement, but the former PBA star is allegedly returning to Manila after a brief time in Japan due to his wife’s delicate pregnancy.
Bolick signed a two-year contract with Fukushima last May after his contract with NorthPort expired at the end of the previous season. His PBA playing rights, however, remains with the Batang Pier.
He tallied 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in Fukushima’s 95-90 loss to Yamagata in the Firebonds’ season opener, but did not play in the team’s 82-71 win against the Wyverns.