BLACKWATER held its first practice in preparation for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Monday without Ray Parks Jr.
Parks wasn’t around when the Elite resumed their practice on Monday at the Reyes Gym, but Blackwater interim coach Aris Dimaunahan said the rookie was allowed to take a rest following a grueling campaign with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
“They (management) said na he is taking time off to recover kasi siyempre, matagal din ‘yung tournament nila sa Alab,” said Dimaunahan.
Dimaunahan, who took over in an interim capacity after the departure of Bong Ramos, said he understands Parks’ need to rest and recover after Alab Pilipinas was swept by Hong Kong Eastern in the first round of the ABL playoffs.
“Ako, personally, I understand that. Kailangan ng player ‘yun to recover. Hintayin na lang natin ‘yung day na darating siya,” said Dimaunahan.
On Sunday, Parks said he has yet to sign a contract with Blackwater, which offered him a three-year, P10.4 million deal. But he expressed excitement about finally getting to play in the PBA.
The two-time ABL MVP showed up on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena to watch the PBA quarterfinal match between Phoenix Pulse and Alaska.
“I’m pretty excited but I’m just trying to wrap my head first around the game and where am I going. I’m trying to take a step away from the court first to clear my mind,” Parks said.