BOBBY Ray Parks’ familiarity with the system and his teammates made his transition to NLEX appear seamless in the PBA D-League on Tuesday.
Playing with a new team after his stint with National University, Parks had little problem adjusting to the Road Warriors’ system, saying the offense is similar to the one he got used to when he suited up for Sinag Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar last year.
During the Myanmar stint, Parks also teamed up with Garvo Lanete, Jake Pascual, Matt Ganuelas, Ronald Pascual, and Kevin Alas, all of them also playing for NLEX in the PBA D-League.
“Nakapag-adjust naman ako agad sa system,” Parks said after scoring 15 points in the Road Warriors' 88-67 win over Café France.
“Dribble drive offense din naman kasi tapos naging teammates ko na ‘yung iba sa SEA Games. Welcome naman ako dito,” added Parks, who started attending practices for the Road Warriors just last week.
Parks’ appearance in NLEX came after a fruitful three years with the NU Bulldogs in the UAAP. The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player also played for NU’s Banco De Oro squad in the D-League last conference.
NLEX assistant coach Raymund Celis attested to Parks’ easily adapting to the Road Warriors system.
“Magaling mag-adapt si Rayray. And his teammates welcomed him with open arms. Maganda ang pagtanggap sa kanya dahil naging teammates na sila. And Rayray is a team player,” said Celis.
Aside from the NLEX stint, Parks said he looks forward to his graduation this month, finishing with a degree in Information Technology.