BOBBY Ray Parks met Raymond Townsend following the best game he played with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Townsend was the first Filipino-American to play in the NBA, having suited for the Golden State Warriors from 1978 to 1980 and for the Indiana Pacers from 1981 to 1982.
Parks’ agent Charlie Dy wrote in his social media accounts that Parks got some encouraging words from Townsend when the two met after the Mavericks' win over an NBA D-League selection on Friday (Manila time)
“Ray Parks Jr. @ray15parks met NBA's first FilAm player Raymond Townsend whom Ray said inspired him even more after their conversation,” wrote Dy.
Parks also got to meet Sean Chambers, a former PBA import for Alaska and a contemporary of Parks’ father Bobby Sr., during his playing days in the Philippines.
Parks finished with 10 points, five rebounds, four steals, and one assists in the Mavericks’ 104-88 victory over the NBA D-League Select to advance into the tournament play.
Parks was impressive, scoring his first two points off a follow-up dunk with 4:17 left in the third quarter. The undrafted Fil-Am rolled from there as he made the most of his 21 minutes on the floor.