AS the Philippines continues its bid to regain its place in top-level international basketball, Ray Parks is eager to do his share and show the world what “puso” (heart) and the Filipino brand of play is all about as he sees action in the NBA Development League.
The Texas Legends’ top selection in the 2015 D-League draft at No. 25 overall, Parks talked about pouring his heart out for the Filipino fans.
“It’s the No. 1 sport in the Philippines. To grow up playing in the streets, to now playing here, it’s not just about myself, it’s the whole country… I really want to represent them the right way,” Parks told Legends Assistant General Manager Travis Blakeley on the latest episode of Beyond the Bounce.
Asked by Blakeley about “puso,” which had been the Philippines’ battlecry in top international competitions including Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the Fiba World Championship, Parks noted he plays each game with the Philippines in his heart and mind.
“To bring that heart to the game, it goes to show that it’s not just my heart it’s the whole Philippines’ heart that’s in me right now and I have to pour it out on the court,” said the former Gilas cadet member.
From the Texas Legends Youtube channel