Bobby Ray Parks still in the cross road of whether to enter the PBA or sought his dream of making the NBA


Bobby Ray Parks is one of the most sought after star who has never done a professional basketball jersey.

And he is still not giving up his dreams of making it to the NBA, despite the success that he has in the amateur ranks.


When ask about his plans to enter the PBA, the National University standout remains non-committal as he still plans to pursue a basketball career in the United States despite recently agreeing to play for NLEX in the PBA D-League.

NLEX is one of the three teams who are vying for a spot in the pro league as expansion teams.

Playing for NLEX

Parks ultimate dream is still the NBA.
Parks said playing with the Road Warriors doesn't mean giving up on his NBA dream, baring that he is still scheduled to leave for Los Angeles at the end of this month to attend training camps and play in some summer leagues in the hope of getting the attention of teams prior to the NBA draft.
“Tapusin ko muna ang NLEX, tapos punta na ako sa States and try the NBA,” said Parks in an interview with Spin.ph after his debut with the Road Warriors on Tuesday.
“Mag-train muna ako for one month for myself, and then I’ll join draft camps, summer leagues, and individual workouts,” said Parks, who has tapped connections he had built when he played high school ball in the US to get into some draft camps.
The son of the  Bobby Sr., a seven-time PBA Best Import awardee who passed away last year, reiterated that he is pursuing the NBA dream not just for himself but also for his father.
The late Parks was a draftee of the Atlanta Hawks but never got to play in the NBA.
“This is something that I want to do hindi lang para sa akin, pero para rin sa tatay ko. It’s just a step for me rin naman to get better,” Parks said.
“Ever since I was young, his dream for me is try it in the NBA. This is the best time for myself and think about my career,” Parks said.
Parks recently signed for NLEX after finishing his three-year UAAP career with the Bulldogs. He still has one more playing year with NU but decided to skip it.

His signing came at a time when the Road Warriors applied for membership in the Asia’s oldest professional basketball league.

Playing in the PBA
The two-time UAAP MVP, who led the Bulldogs to two Final Four appearances during his three-year stint with the once perennial cellar-dwellers, said he is still very much open to playing in the PBA.
“Open pa naman ako doon,” Parks said, referring to the PBA. “Whatever the options may come. It’s great pa rin naman na makapaglaro sa Pilipinas. Pero try ko muna NBA.”

NLEX plans to bring Parks to the PBA

Playing in the PBA is not easy, that's why NLEX is very stiff on who they can bring with them in the pro ranks. NLEX, who will use the Metro Pacific name if their expansion bid approved, can bring at least 5 players as direct hire to the league.
With that, NLEX has made no secret of its desire to tap Parks once the company gets the nod of the PBA board of governors, possibly through a direct-hire concession.
Parks, however, is still in no position to commit to the Road Warriors' plans.
“I’ll deal with it when it comes and when there is already something concrete. Pag-usapan na lang po. For now, I’ll take it one day at a time,” said Parks.

Whatever decision Parks will make, it will definitely for the better of his career.


Bobby Ray Parks still in the cross road of whether to enter the PBA or sought his dream of making the NBA Bobby Ray Parks still in the cross road of whether to enter the PBA or sought his dream of making the NBA Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 4/10/2014 Rating: 5

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