Ray Parks, Jr. says he's 'open-minded' about other opportunities at end of ABL stint
Ray Parks, Jr. says his immediate goal is to recuperate from injuries that have hounded him in his rookie season with Alab Pilipinas. Jaime Campos

RAY Parks Jr. isn’t looking far ahead as to his future plans, saying that he is concentrating on getting treatment from his various injuries he suffered during the Asean Basketball League season.

“Just try to heal up,” said Parks, when asked about his immediate plans. “Halfway through the season, I was hurt. I just want to be a hundred percent.”

Although he is concentrating on healing from his injuries, Parks already has plans to return to the United States by May where he will be trained by renowned trainer Tyrone Gordon.

But as to his stints in perhaps the NBA D-League or the NBA Summer League, Parks was non-committal as he will talk to his agent in the United States about opportunities aboard.

“I’ll train first with Tyrone Gordon and see where it takes us, the opportunities and what plans my agent in the States has for us. Right now, I just try to get better to be honest. I’m open minded about everything and we will see how everything goes.

Even playing for Alab Pilipinas next season is an option, according to Parks.

“Like I said, it’s not just having opportunities but having the right opportunity. I’m very open minded about representing my country,” said Parks.

But first, Parks intends to get treatment from his injuries that caused him to sit out for Game Two of the ABL semifinals against the Singapore Slingers.

Parks said doctors didn’t give him the clearance to play after sustaining a hip injury on his right leg and a sprain on his right ankle.

“Hindi talaga kaya. I tried to get a permission from my doctor for clearance to play. What happened was my hip compensated with my ankle. It’s really my whole right leg. I can’t do anything. I need to get an MRI and ultrasound to see if there is a partial tear. We will see how it goes in the next few days,” said Parks.

Despite missing Game Two, Parks lauded the effort of his teammates following the 82-64 defeat against the Slingers in Baliwag, Bulacan.

“Definitely not the ending that we wanted pero we fought. We showed flashes of what we can do. It’s just terrible that we are up and down throughout the game. We showed that we can compete with this team. I hate it that I’m injured but Kiefer did his job and everybody else stepped up.”

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“They are a great team and they showed that they are veterans. Their chemistry is really good,” Parks said.

RAY Parks Jr. isn’t looking too far ahead, saying his only focus right now is on getting treatment from the various injuries that plagued his rookie season in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

“Just try to heal up,” said Parks when asked about his immediate plans. “Halfway through the season, I was hurt. I just want to be a hundred percent.”

Once the injuries heal, the two-time UAAP MVP plans to return to the United States by May to resume work under renowned trainer Tyrone Gordon.

But as to possible stints in the NBA D-League or NBA Summer League, Parks said it will all depend on his talk with his US agent.

“I’ll train first with Tyrone Gordon and see where it takes us, the opportunities and what plans my agent in the States has for us. Right now, I just try to get better to be honest. I’m open-minded about everything and we will see how everything goes."

Even playing for Alab Pilipinas next season is an option, according to Parks.

“Like I said, it’s not just having opportunities but having the right opportunity. I’m very open-minded about representing my country,” said Parks.

But first thins first, Parks intends to get treatment a hip injury and ankle sprain that forced him to sit out Game Two of the ABL semifinals against the Singapore Slingers.

Parks said doctors didn’t give him the clearance to play.

“Hindi talaga kaya. I tried to get permission from my doctor for clearance to play. What happened was my hip compensated for my ankle. It’s really my whole right leg. I can’t do anything. I need to get an MRI and ultra sound to see if there is a partial tear. We will see how it goes in the next few days,” said Parks.

Despite missing Game Two, Parks lauded the effort of his teammates following the 82-64 defeat against the Slingers in Baliwag, Bulacan.

“Definitely not the ending that we wanted pero we fought. We showed flashes of what we can do. It’s just terrible that we are up and down throughout the game," he said.

"We showed that we can compete with this team. I hate it that I’m injured but Kiefer (Ravena) did his job and everybody else stepped up.”

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“They are a great team and they showed that they are veterans. Their chemistry is really good,” Parks said.

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