BOBBY Ray Parks gets a chance to play against fellow Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson when the Dallas Mavericks face the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday (Thursday morning, Manila time) in the championship round of the NBA Summer League.
Gametime is set at 5:30 a.m. Manila time at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, with the winner moving on to face a selection from the NBA D-League in the next round of tournament play.
After finishing the round-robin stage with an 0-3 win-loss record, Parks and the Mavericks ended up ranked 22nd and drew a match against the 11th placer which turned out to be the Lakers (1-2).
That set the stage for the face-off between Parks and Clarkson, a late draft pick who won a spot in the All-NBA Rookie Team after a season that saw him relegated at one point to the D-League.
The two Fil-Am guards, though, go to the game in contrasting form.
While Clarkson has picked up from where he left off in his rookie season by averaging 18.3 points in his three Summer League games with the Lakers, Parks has struggled to impress with the Mavericks.
The two-time UAAP MVP out of the National University Bulldogs has seen limited action in his three games with the Mavericks. On Tuesday, he only saw court time for one minute and 53 seconds in a 79-85 loss to the Wizards.
But the son of many-time PBA Best Import awardee Bobby Parks said he is staying patient, saying that he is making the most out of the playing time allotted to him.
“Nag-aadjust ako ng mindset na kung ano ‘yung kaya kong bigay sa oras na binigay sa akin,” said Parks.
Parks said he is also drawing inspiration from Clarkson's own journey, savoring a meeting he had with the Lakers guard in Las Vegas prior to the Mavericks-Lakers match-up.
“I mean, he’s a cool guy. He’s been there. He’s in the NBA and really it’s tough kasi wala akong alam. Kailangan, ano, ready lang ako sa may dumating,” said Parks.