Post Courier Young Maroroa inspired by the late NBA star Kobe Bryant
BY MEGAN CRF RA’VU in Guam
Northern Province youngster Warrick Maroroa looked up to late Lakers star Kobe Bryant whom he thinks twice about finishing school to focus on basketball.
“I don’t know if I want to finish my studies, but it would be nice to play in a professional basketball league.”
Maroroa grew up playing basketball because her mother was once a PNG representative.
The 13-year-old traveled with the PNG U15 team for the FIBA Oceania Championships in Guam on Sunday but due to some issues the team had to split up in the Philippines with the first group traveling to Guam and the second group traveling the next day. .
In an interview with Post-Courier, Warrick shared his experience of his first international basketball game and the challenges of traveling from country to country.
“It was confusing in Manila as there was a lot of stuff to do getting cleared out of the airport, looking for accommodation and with reduced funds we were separated from the other half of the team.
Maroroa said he was happy to play against other countries, but it will also be a challenge as other countries are more advanced.
“They have skills, and it will be a good challenge and a good experience so that we can improve every game, learn from our mistakes, mainly our defense because the defense wins the game.”
He encouraged his friends to play hard and do their best.