Baldwin wants Bobby Ray Parks to be present when Gilas reassembles for practice
Bobby Ray Parks watches Game One of the PBA Finals. Jerome Ascano

GILAS Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin expects Bobby Ray Parks to be there when the national team converges two weeks from now to start its final preparation for the Manila leg of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Gilas will be back training on May 18 after taking a break to give way to the PBA playoffs.

"He better be or else he's not in the pool," said Baldwin who did the color commentating for the television coverage in Game One of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals between Rain or Shine and Alaska on Friday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

Parks was also at the Big Dome to watch the Elasto Painters eke out a 105-97 win, but hurriedly left the coliseum with his agent Charlie Dy.

Asked if Parks has already committed to attend the Gilas practice, Baldwin replied, "You better ask him if he will be there."

The national coach admitted having talked with the NBA D-League rookie.

"I talk to Ray every now and then, but it's not always about Gilas and the pool," he said.

In a text message, Dy said the two-time UAAP MVP out of National University, who is coming off a stint with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, will definitely show up on the first day of the Gilas training.

The pool will be trimmed to its final 12 at least a week before the qualifiers opens on July 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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