More than three decades since Norman Black made an impact, another Black is taking the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) by storm.
Aaron, the youngest son of Black, proved that he deserves his spot in the professional league after winning the Outstanding Rookie honor during the 45th PBA Special Awards Night last Sunday.
One of the most dominant foreign players ever to play in the PBA, Black said although he is very proud of the achievement of his son, making it big is still a long way ahead.
“Certainly, I’m very proud of him. The fact that he played enough to be considered for the award is already a big thing for his young career,” said Black, who joins Aaron in becoming the first father-and-son tandem in the same team since Robert Jaworski and Dudot of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel held the distinction in the late 1990s.
“It’s always good to win an award and it feels good that you have been recognized for playing well.”
Despite being picked outside the Top 15 in the PBA Rookie Draft last year, Aaron still made heads turn as he posted averages of 7.18 points, 4.09 rebounds and 2.09 assists for the Bolts in the elimination round.
His role eventually grew in the playoffs as the Bolts crushed San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals before bowing to Ginebra in the best-of-five semifinal battle.
Despite the loss, the 23-year-old Aaron still proved that his father made the right choice in tapping him.
“It definitely feels great. This will definitely push me to work hard next conference,” said Aaron, who figured in a furious battle for the top newcomer award with Arvin Tolentino of Ginebra.