‘Motivated’ Nabong has no axe to grind vs Bolts

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson On Sunday, Nabong had one of his most impressive games for GlobalPort in a 107-88 win over his former team Meralco.“There’s always motivation playing against your former teammates and your former coach,” he said after posting 17 points and 17 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut the 29-year-old doesn’t want to put too much color in the tussle with winning as his only focus.“It was just like any other game. We always come into a game wanting to blow our opponents out. We always want to come in and make that a sure win. We don’t want to leave room for comebacks,” he said. “Meralco is a good team, don’t get me wrong. We just played better and it feels good to win against them.” Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESFor the first time in a long time, Kelly Nabong is beaming.And he has every reason to do so. After all, he’s playing the best basketball in his six-year professional career.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Nabong was one of the reasons why the Batang Pier got the headstart over the Bolts. He connected on his first three shots as his side slowly built a 20-point lead, 36-16, in the second quarter that ballooned to as high as 29, 94-65, late in the game.Nabong cleared he doesn’t have an axe to grind against his former teammates, sharing that up to now, he shares a good relationship with a bunch of them despite being cut in the offseason.“I talk to all the players. I have no problems with the players. They’re all great guys over there, we still talk to this day,” he said. “It’s been water under the bridge the day after it happened. No hard feelings to nobody.”Nabong reiterated that he has moved on and would rather focus on his current run with the Batang Pier in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“Everything happens for a reason. I’m just blessed to get another chance to play basketball with my other former team, GlobalPort, and I’m just really blessed to still be here. We’re really glad we got this win, but one win doesn’t stop here. We’re trying to get to the top,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track TY Tang to make comeback with Go For Gold Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increaseslast_img read more

25 years after his bleak beginning, adopted crack baby earns law degree

first_imgPawley smiled and told the doctors to let her worry about that. She had plans for this abandoned baby, and they all called for a lot of love and hard work. That’s what she told me back in 1998 when we stood watching her “slow” son, D.D., walk on stage to give the valedictorian speech at Osborne Christian School in Arleta as he graduated with a 3.97 grade-point average. And that’s what she told me again Friday as she watched D.D. put on his cap and gown and get ready to graduate from law school. “Honest to God, I get chills,” she said. Pawley won’t forget those first nights looking down in the crib and seeing D.D. crying and squirming, curled up tightly in a fetal position. Or the hours she massaged his body to relax his muscles and uncurl him. Or the nights she and her husband, Dale, didn’t sleep because D.D. didn’t sleep. “We’d hold D.D. all night, hold him on our chests so he could hear our heartbeats,” she said. “Nobody really knew diddly about drug-addicted babies back then. He should have been in the hospital during those withdrawals, but he wasn’t. “Dale and I read everything we could get our hands on and even went up to Stanford University to talk to doctors working with drug babies up there,” Ila Pawley said. “You know what turned out to work best? Normal parenting. Love, hugging, caring, teaching. “We started him with words and listening to classical music. We showed him colors – Legos, blocks, anything that would stimulate him. Everything but television. “By the time D.D. started kindergarten, he could already read,” she said. “He still had a sleep disorder and some motor-skill problems, but academically he was excelling.” Ila Pawley’s plans for the most challenging child she would raise were working. All it was taking was a lot of love and a ton of hard work. She can’t even imagine life without this boy, Pawley said Friday, getting ready to go to the graduation ceremony with her husband and a couple of their older children who were able to get off work to travel to Arizona with them. They all turned out great – all 11 children she and Dale adopted, and the three they had themselves in what Ila calls “the first batch.” “They’ve all stayed in touch with each other,” she said. “The first batch loves the second batch. Everybody’s doing fine.” The love this woman gave him, well, he’s almost taken that for granted by now, D.D. said. He never lived a day under her roof when he didn’t feel it. The hard work, though, that’s what really gets to him now that he’s married and a dad with two babies of his own. “I think back on how tough it must have been for her to be raising all my brothers and sisters, and then have this sick little crack baby come into her life,” D.D. said. “She was willing to sacrifice so much for me. “I know I’ve gotten my perseverance and resolve from her. She taught me you only lose if you quit and give up, and that’s something I would never do. “She’s my rock, and I love her.” With that, the kid who came into this world a crack baby with two strikes against him gave his mother a hug and kiss before walking off to receive his degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Leaving his mom standing there with tears in her eyes, and getting chills. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Not bad for a kid who came into this world 25 years ago as a drug-addicted, African-American baby found abandoned outside a Los Angeles hospital. D.D. – Dale David – was 3 days old and weighed just 4 pounds when LosAngeles County adoption workers called the Pawleys and asked the middle-aged white couple living in Arleta if they had room for one more. They had already adopted and raised three children of mixed races, in addition to three children of their own. But, sure, they had room for one more, Ila Pawley told the county. This one would be the toughest, the doctors warned her. Because of the drugs in his system at birth, he would be slow. His motor-control skills would be poor, and he would be mentally delayed. The kid came into this world with two strikes against him. Then he hit a home run. Ila Pawley became his mom. “I got lucky. So lucky,” D.D. Pawley said Friday as he slipped on his cap and gown. “If it wasn’t for her love and all the sacrifices she made for me, I wouldn’t be standing here today.” A young man with a bright future, getting his law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and starting his career in a few weeks as a deputy district attorney in Sacramento. last_img read more