BOBBY Ray Parks said he is not at all disappointed with the limited playing time he is getting from the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League, adding he remains happy to be given the opportunity to chase his NBA dream.
Parks has played sparingly in his two games with the Mavericks in the NBA Summer League, playing less than three minutes in his debut against the New Orleans Pelicans and registering his first point and rebound in a seven-minute, 45-second appearance against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Still, Parks is not about to complain, saying he is grateful to Dallas Summer League head coach Kaleb Canales for the opportunity. At the end of the day, it’s the call of the coach, he added.
“Nasa coach naman ‘yun kung ‘yun ang opportunity na ibibigay sa akin,” said Parks in a conference call with Filipino reporters on Tuesday. “It’s a privilege.”
Parks has slowly gained attention in his stint with the Mavericks, labelled by the Mavs Moneyball website as the ‘mystery man’ in the Summer League team. Dallas team owner Mark Cuban has also noticed Parks and said he needs to improve and show that he belongs.
Parks said playing in limited action is part of the process of trying to make it to the NBA since he is practically starting from scratch.
“Stepping stone ito, process na makapasok sa NBA na hindi basta-basta. Hindi naman ako superstar na lottery pick. Pagpunta ko sa States, humble beginnings na nagsisimula ako sa wala,” said Parks.
Parks said just having to play in the NBA Summer League is a huge opportunity i itself to to show his wares.
“’Yung opportunity, malaki na ‘yun. Sana maka-gain ako ng experience. Dapat maging patient,” said Parks.