Player Profile

Chris Newsome

11 Shooting Guard

Hometown :New Mexico, United States
Date Of Birth :July 25, 1990
Height :6'2"
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Years in the PBA: 1
Joined Bolts in: 2015 (4th overall pick)
Achievements: NBA D-League Champion

How has the experience been so far as a Meralco Bolts player?

It’s been a rollercoaster ride. Starting out rough in the Philippine Cup, then we made our way to the finals later in the season — lots of highs, lots of lows. But overall, it was a great experience and I feel like I couldn’t have asked for a better first year to my professional career. I got the opportunity of a lifetime to showcase what I’m capable of doing, and a lot of that, I give credit to coach Norman and the coaching staff and the Meralco management, for believing in me and trusting me to do what I do.

What were the biggest challenges you faced in your rookie season?

For me, the mental challenge of different looks. It’s just a smarter game at this level because, teams try to put you in a position where you’re uncomfortable. They try to find your weakness and try to exploit that weakness. And to me, the biggest challenge is finding out what teams are gonna give me and how I can make them pay for giving me a certain look. That was probably the biggest adjustment. The level of IQ that the PBA has compared to college.

How would you best describe the team’s personality at the moment?

I feel like one of those traits that our team is known for, is the grittiness. And that’s something that we take pride in. Like Cliff Hodge, for example, he’ll do anything. You’ll see him on the ground more than anybody in the league I would say. That’s something that we definitely take pride in. I’d say the other thing is on our shirt. It says “together.” We want to be known as a team who plays together. We’re not just a team with one superstar, two superstars or anything like that. For example, last year, we didn’t have a single all-star on our team. We didn’t have a single Gilas player in our lineup. Then they wonder how we end up in the finals or the final four, things like that. That’s credit to what we believe in, and that’s playing together. I feel like they’re starting to understand that that’s our game. You can’t just stop one of us. You really have to stop all of us, and we all kinda have to have a bad game in order for you to win. We wanna be able to prove that we can hang with anybody in the league. A lot of our games are actually close. We want teams to look at the schedule and be ‘Oh we got Meralco. This is gonna be a tough one’. Whereas in the past, ‘Oh we got Meralco. They’re a lower team. This should be an easy win. It should be a sure win for us’. Now, we want to totally change the perspective of that. When teams look at it and see they gotta play Meralco, they know they’re in for a tough game and it’s gonna take a lot of focus on their end in order for them to beat us.