BOBBY Ray Parks is not discouraged at all by the limited playing time he is getting so far with the Texas Legends, saying it is part of the process of trying to achieve his lifelong dream of making it to the NBA.
The two-time UAAP MVP has yet to score in the development league, but in a conference call on Wednesday morning arranged by NBA Asia and the Texas Legends, Parks told Philippine media outlets he remains upbeat and stressed the D-League experience, although tough, is part of the process in getting a possible NBA stint.
“The developmental league is part of the NBA and it’s a process of really trying to hone your things. All those — level of play, physicality, travel — come into play but at the same time, it’s a great experience right now getting into that pedestal in the NBA,” said Parks.
Parks was drafted by the Legends with the 25th pick in the NBA D-League draft and although he has only played an average of eight minutes per outing in three games, he is far from discouraged.
“We all know that the D-League is tough and it’s a grind. It’s a tough thing for a basketball player because there are a lot of heartbreaks and heartaches on the road and it makes you stronger.
“I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for me here. Actually, the word of God is what’s keeping me staying right now,” said Parks.
When asked to describe the quality of play of the NBA Summer League to the NBA D-League, Parks said it’s practically the same and he tries to fit into the team play under head coach Nick Van Exel.
“Going in the D-League, it’s more of an American style of play. Coming to the Summer League to this, it’s still the same but at the same time, we now have to feel each other as teammates because we have to play together as a team,” said Parks.
Parks is also eager to learn from Van Exel, a former NBA All-Star.
“He is a great young coach. He is a players’ coach. He allows you to just express yourself on the court in a team setting,” he said.