By Jonas Terrado
The Meralco Bolts on Tuesday mourned the loss of former import Andre Emmett, who was killed after being shot near his home in Dallas, Texas.
Coach Norman Black had nothing but kind words to say about Emmett, who nearly steered the Bolts to the semifinals during his only PBA stint in the 2015 Governors’ Cup.
Emmett, known for his NBA stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and New Jersey Nets and the fledgling BIG3 league, was 37.
“I was certainly saddened by the news when I heard about Emmett’s death last night,” Black said. “He was a kind person, and a part of the Meralco basketball family. He will be missed. Our prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”
Meralco coach Norman Black on the death of former import Andre Emmett, who played for the Bolts in the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup @mbsportsonline pic.twitter.com/Bk8LFDBXid
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Meralco tapped Emmett after winning Most Valuable Player honors in the 2015 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
Bolts team manager Paolo Trillo told Rappler in 2015 that Emmett was among the players they felt would not only be a good fit for them but also “built for the PBA.”
Andre Emmett already with a double double 20 points and 10 rebounds. #PBAonTV5 #PBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/kG5pLtpjaU
— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) June 29, 2015
The 6-foot-5 Emmett didn’t disappoint as he averaged 32.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals in 13 games that saw Meralco placing sixth in the eliminations with a 5-6 record.
Behind Emmett, the Bolts pushed the eventual champion San Miguel Beermen to the limit in their quarterfinal affair, only to suffer a 102-86 loss in the rubber match.