Norman Black - updates

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Black calls Quinto one of biggest draft steals in PBA history

Dec 24, 2019 - 7:56 AM

Bong Quinto keys Meralco back to the PBA finals with the finest game of his young professional career

DRAFT STEAL. Bong Quinto proves his worth once again for Meralco, which will face Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors' Cup finals for the third time in the last 4 seasons. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco momentum for playoffs derailed, but Black unfazed

Nov 17, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Meralco sees its five-game winning streak snapped just when it is headed into the playoffs looking to make a deep run

CONSOLATION. Meralco absorbs a narrow loss but will still enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Photo from PBA Images

Black praises Jones, but says production far from iconic imports

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Norman Black, who once averaged more than 50 points, says he has witnessed plenty of more impressive import campaigns

DOMINANT. Terrence Jones continues to solidify his case for the Best Import award. Photo from PBA Images

Black, Meralco disappointed Dillinger signed with Ginebra

Jun 01, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Black said Dillinger and the Bolts had a 'gentleman's agreement' that he would remain with the team even if he was relegated to the unrestricted free agent list

FAREWELL. Jared Dillinger ends a six-year stay with Meralco. Photo from PBA Images

Of all instances, power shortage strikes on Meralco game

Feb 02, 2019 - 11:10 PM

As if it is a bad omen, the Bolts succumb to their third loss in 5 games moments after the blackout

IRONIC. The Meralco Bolts, ironically, experience a power failure. Photo from PBA Images

Tab: Back-to-back no comparison to Black's 5-peat 'mountain'

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin says his back-to-back title romp looks like just 'a little bump' compared to Norman Black's string of UAAP crowns

TWO-PEAT. The Ateneo Blue Eagles nab their second straight UAAP men's basketball title. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Fatigued Meralco powers through 6th straight do-or-die

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:15 AM

After fighting for survival the past weeks, the No. 7 Bolts are on their way to the semifinals versus the Alaska Aces

ON FIRE. Allen Durham takes charge in the final stretch as the Bolts survive the Fuel Masters in the do-or-die quarterfinal duel. Photo from PBA Images

Tough battle ahead as Meralco reps PH in FIBA Champions Cup

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The Bolts will face defending champion Al Riyadi of Lebanon, CBA kings Liaoning Flying Leopards and KBL champs Seoul SK Knights

REPPING THE FLAG. The Meralco Bolts will represent the Philippines in the 2018 FIBA Asia Champions Cup. File photo from PBA Images

Black 'little embarrassed' for Meralco's loss to TNT

Aug 20, 2018 - 12:24 AM

Even without import Mike Glover, the KaTropa hand the Bolts their first loss in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

LOST CHANCE. With reigning two-time Best Import Allen Durham on their side, head coach Norman Black feels Meralco should have beaten the import-less TNT. Photo from PBA Images

Black frustrated with officiating of Meralco's Game 1 loss to Ginebra

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:28 PM

Llongtime tactician Norman Black says there are fouls that should have been called in favor of the Bolts

OFFICIATING BLUES. Norman Black hopes for a 'better shake' from the referees in Game 2. Photo from PBA Images

World Hoops Clinics returns with blockbuster coaching panel

May 31, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Basketball sessions aim to focus on the European style of coaching

MENTORSHIP. Clinic director and Ateneo coachTab Baldwin will be part of the international panel. Rappler file photo

Meralco's Norman Black defends shot that earned Yeng Guiao's ire

May 04, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The Road Warriors tactician hurls expletives at Chris Newsome, who sinks a jumper with 1.6 seconds left even when the Bolts are leading by 14 points

RULES ARE RULES. Meralco Bolts head coach Norman Black comes into the defense of Chris Newsome. File photo from PBA Images

Norman Black relieved Cliff Hodge is back as Meralco snaps out of slump

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Hodge is not yet at 100% but he still manages to go out on defense

RETURN. Cliff Hodge recovers from his surgery and is back to help Meralco get back on the winning path. Photo by PBA Images

Black, Compton glad with PBA's renewed physicality, more leeway from officiating

Jan 11, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Referees gave the Alaska and Meralco players more leeway with their physicality, something both coaches enjoyed

PHYSICALITY. 'It’s good for the game. It’s real men going at it,' says Alex Compton. File photo by PBA Images

Rival coaches Cone, Black show mutual respect as Game 7 looms

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Norman Black says that he and Tim Cone have always been 'friendly rivals'

FRIENDLY RIVALRY. Tim Cone admits he tried to emulate Norman Black when he first began coaching in the league, while Black showed respect by saying Cones is 'the winningest coach for a reason.' File photos

Coaches Cone, Black put timeout feud to bed

Oct 21, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Norman Black says Tim Cone has offered his apologies, and the two are putting their spat in the past

BY GONES. Tim Cone and Norman Black have put their beef to rest. Photo by PBA Images

Black to Cone after Game 3 exchange: 'I don't need any help coaching mine'

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Norman Black says he wants Tim Cone to stick to his team and let him do his own coaching

COACH CLASH. 'I’ve never in my life made any effort to tell him how to coach his team so I don’t need any help coaching mine,' says Meralco coach Norman Black. Photo by PBA Images

Black remains upbeat despite Meralco's 0-2 deficit in PBA finals

Oct 17, 2017 - 4:43 PM

It may look daunting, but Norman Black believes Meralco can overcome its 0-2 deficit to Ginebra in the PBA finals series. 'We saw San Miguel do it,' he said.

ON PACE. The Meralco Bolts were close to equalizing the score but misses on charities costed them the chance. Photo by PBA Images.

Meralco Bolts' Kelly Nabong says Alapag altercation about respect, not playing time

Oct 06, 2017 - 5:17 PM

EXCLUSIVE: "I have been misjudged many times because of how I look, because of how I carry myself and though it doesn't show, being misjudged is really hurtful," says Kelly Nabong

MOVING ON. Kelly Nabong apologizes for his row with Jimmy Alapag and will focus on what's next for him. Photo by PBA Images.

Suspended Kelly Nabong ‘not too happy with playing time,’ says Black

Oct 03, 2017 - 11:26 PM

The Bolts are hoping to sort things out with the Fil-Am big man during his suspension

NOT HAPPY. Coach Norman Black said that Nabaong was not happy with playing time. Photo by PBA Images

Black urges import Stepheson to step up against TNT

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Coach Norman Black encourages Alex Stepheson to use as motivation the fact that TNT did not start its import Josh Smith

STEP UP. Coach Norman Black encourages import Alex Stepheson (L) to step up against TNT and its import Josh Smith. Photo from PBA Images

Different year, similar story in Meralco's poor PH Cup showing

Jan 31, 2017 - 12:33 PM

We re gonna have to stick together we re gonna have to work hard This whole thing is unacceptable says Jared Dillinger

TOUGH END. Meralco ends the Philippine Cup with a brutal 47-point loss to Star. Chris Newsome and Justin Melton are seen in this photo vying for the ball. Photo from PBA Images

As Meralco licks wounds, Black sees promise for future: 'We're not finished yet'

Oct 20, 2016 - 5:08 PM

Norman Black expresses optimism and confidence in the future of Meralco even as they recover from a heartbreaking finals loss to Barangay Ginebra

BRIGHT FUTURE. Coach Norman Black, seen here disappointed with a play in Game 6, believes the future is bright for Meralco. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Black, Cone weigh in on Mercado's traveling non-call in Game 5

Oct 17, 2016 - 1:46 PM

Norman Black says it was a clear traveling violation while Tim Cone says bad calls are part of the game

NON-CALL. Sol Mercado's traveling non-call is the subject of controversy and discussion after Game 5 of the PBA Finals. Photo from PBA Images

Cone has nothing but respect for Black's coaching acumen

Oct 06, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Cone believes Black is the type of coach who can t be out smarted

Photo by PBA Media

Norman Black: No one can surpass Baby Dalupan

Aug 21, 2016 - 3:54 AM

The 58 year old Black saw first hand the brilliance of The Maestro when he played for Dalupan at Great Taste in 1983

GREATEST EVER. Norman Black says the legacy of late coach Baby Dalupan can never be matched. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Import Onuaku gives Meralco the jolt it needs

Feb 11, 2016 - 12:07 PM

Arinze Onuaku s strong debut is all part of his goal to inject more life into Meralco which is coming off a 1 10 Philippine Cup performance

ALL WILL. Last-minute import replacement Arinze Onuaku (L) has a splendid 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup debut for Meralco despite little to no rest coming into the game. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Meralco Bolts tussle with unexpected challenge before Comms Cup

Feb 09, 2016 - 4:48 AM

The Bolts seeking to improve from their last place finish in the Philippine Cup have to deal with chemistry issues and a last minute import replacement

SHOCK THERAPY. Gary David and Cliff Hodge remain among the core of the Meralco Bolts team. The Bolts are hoping to improve cohesion among the team on and off the court. Photo by PBA Images

Meralco's weak defense spoils David's 40-point game

Nov 15, 2015 - 10:05 PM

Meralco remains the only winless team in the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup after losing to Barako Bull Energy

OFFENSE NOT ENOUGH. Despite dropping 40 points and Meralco scoring over a hundred, Gary David (left) sees defense as his team's major weakness. Photo from PBA Images

Black sees long road ahead for title-hungry Meralco

Nov 05, 2015 - 12:19 AM

While we re not happy with how we started we just have to keep on working hard to improve says Meralco head coach Norman Black

LONG ROAD AHEAD. Meralco Bolts head coach Norman Black sees a lot of work to do early in the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup. He is pictured here in the previous season last June. File Photo from PBA Images

Chris Newsome makes Meralco more versatile, says Norman Black

Aug 24, 2015 - 7:15 AM

The multi titled head coach also speaks highly of Baser Amer

Ahanmisi would ‘like to fit into’ Black, Meralco’s style of play

Aug 18, 2015 - 9:00 AM

“For me it’s all about winning ” says Ahanmisi

Rabeh Al-Hussaini returns to Meralco on 1-year deal

Aug 13, 2015 - 11:48 AM

The former UAAP MVP is out to prove himself

KIA blanks Meralco, one step closer to first playoffs trip

Jun 24, 2015 - 6:25 PM

KIA completes the first step to a potential trip to the 2015 PBA Governors Cup playoffs They need Ginebra to lose to NLEX to advance

LA Revilla contributed 16 points in KIA's upset win over Meralco. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Black expects Meralco to adjust, not resist PBA’s physicality

Jun 22, 2015 - 2:53 PM

“This is the PBA Physicality is part of the game ” says the former PBA Grand Slam champion coach

Molded by experience, Meralco head coach Norman Black knows physicality is in the PBA's DNA. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

WATCH: PBA players, coaches take picks: Warriors or Cavs?

Jun 04, 2015 - 2:47 PM

Reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao Barangay Ginebra veteran Mark Caguioa among others weigh in on the 2015 NBA Finals

TAKE YOUR PICK. (From left to right) Mark Caguioa, June Mar Fajardo, and coach Yeng Guiao pick their team for the 2015 NBA Finals. Photos by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Rejuvenated Meralco Bolts look to the finish line

Mar 16, 2015 - 7:13 PM

Following two straight losses the Meralco Bolts have regained their form as they top performing team in the PBA Commissioner s Cup as the playoffs near

Jared Dillinger, Sean Anthony and the Meralco Bolts have 'shocked' the PBA with their play in the Commissioner's Cup. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Davis hits game-winner to push Meralco past Globalport

Feb 15, 2015 - 5:45 PM

Import Josh Davis sank the game winning floater with 3 2 seconds remaining as the Meralco Bolts survived the Globalport Batang Pier and remained unbeaten

Meralco Bolts import Josh Davis hit a floater similar to this one against Rain or Shine earlier in the conference to keep the Bolts unbeaten. File photo by Mark Cristino

Why not the Meralco Bolts?

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Four games into the Commissioner’s Cup it’s clear that the Bolts are championship contenders thanks to their brand of basketball and lethal import

Meralco Bolts overcome slow start to down KIA

Jan 30, 2015 - 6:41 PM

Jai Reyes torched his former team for a career high 16 points while Gary David scored 25 points off the bench to send KIA Carnival to their 12th straight loss

Jai Reyes shocked the KIA Carnival for a career-high 16 to exact revenge on the team that cut him early in the season. Photo by Josh Albelda

The dynasty ends: Meralco eliminates Purefoods

Dec 11, 2014 - 9:59 PM

Meralco ends Purefoods championship streak at 4 with a 77 65 win in phase one of the PBA PH Cup quarterfinals

ELECTROCUTED. Jared Dillinger leads Meralco as they dethrone defending champs Purefoods. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Meralco holds off GlobalPort, gains twice-to-beat edge

Dec 09, 2014 - 10:07 PM

The Bolts show poise and experience over the BatangPier staying calm in the final period to come away with the win

EASY TWO. Cliff Hodge gets an open look inside the paint. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

The future is still bright for Gilas Pilipinas

Nov 18, 2014 - 1:44 PM

Despite a gloomy end to their 2014 campaign there are plenty of positives the Gilias Pilipinas program can look forward to

BRIGHT FUTURE. There's still hope for the Gilas Pilipinas program. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

David, Meralco bounce back with win over NLEX

Nov 05, 2014 - 6:47 PM

Gary David delivers his best performance so far in the tournament as Meralco beats NLEX bouncing back from the 41 point loss vs Alaska

FINALLY! Gary David (R) delivers an electrifying performance for the first time in the PBA 2015 PH Cup. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Meralco eager to take lessons, move on from 41-point thrashing

Nov 02, 2014 - 11:11 AM

“Nobody is happy when you lose by 40 points But what can you do about it? It’s finished it’s over ” Norman Black said

LONE SPARK. Cliff Hodge (center) was the only spark for Meralco against Alaska with his 16 points. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Batang Gilas falls to South Korea in FIBA Asia U18

Aug 21, 2014 - 4:48 PM

After opening their 2014 FIBA Asia U 18 Championship campaign with a resounding 85 60 win over Jordan Batang Gilas found themselves on the losing end against Korea

BLOCKED. Korea's Kyungwon Kim (L) stops a shot by Philippines' Manuel Mosqueda (R). Photo by Milad Payami/FIBA Asia

KG Canaleta exceeds expectations, hopes to keep on firing

Jun 21, 2014 - 1:27 AM

KG Canaleta is no longer relied on to be the leading scorer since being traded to Talk N Text from Air21 That hasn t stopped him from doing damage

LONG DISTANCE THREAT. KG Canaleta works against Alein Maliksi of San Mig Coffee during semifinals Game 1. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Talk 'N Text claims top spot as Ginebra crashes out of top 4

Jun 15, 2014 - 9:42 PM

Talk N Text s next target are the Barako Bulls in the quarter finals

INTENSE. Paul Harris (in blue) spots Ryan Reyes as LA Tenorio tries to steal. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Paul Harris' 9 triples lift Talk 'N Text vs San Mig Coffee

Jun 14, 2014 - 1:58 PM

Harris sizzles from downtown and drains 9 three pointers including 3 pivotal ones late in the game for his 39 points to dispatch the Mixers

SAVING GRACE. Import Paul Harris was the saving grace for Talk 'N Text down the stretch as they secured the win against San Mig Coffee. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Norman Black welcomes Manny Pacquiao to the PBA

Jun 13, 2014 - 4:48 PM

Talk N Text coach Norman Black feels that Manny Pacquiao is a welcome development to the league adding that it brings a lot of notoriety to the league

WELCOME TO THE PBA. Talk N Text coach Norman Black says he sees nothing objectionable about Manny Pacquiao joining the PBA. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images