BOBBY Ray Parks remains non-committal on his PBA plans 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.
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 former National University standout said he is pursuing the NBA dream not just for himself but also for his father Bobby Sr., a seven-time PBA Best Import awardee who passed away last year.
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. It came at a time when the Road Warriors applied for membership in the PBA, Asia’s oldest professional basketball league.
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 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.