Tim Cone advises Bobby Ray Parks to take D-League route in pursuit of NBA dream
New Ginebra coach Tim Cone had the chance to watch Bobby Ray Parks play for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League while scouting for imports in the Las Vegas tournament. 

TIM Cone has one fatherly advice to Bobby Ray Parks.

The new Barangay Ginebra coach said it would be better for the young stalwart out of National University to hone his skills first in the NBA D-League if he is to realize his dream to make it to the world’s premiere cage league.

"I think it would be a good idea. I think if he plays in the D-league for a month or two, the players would seem like NU players. The more you play with them, the more you get comfortable with them,” said Cone on Thursday when he was formally introduced as the new coach of Barangay Ginebra.  

Cone just came from Las Vegas to personally scout for potential imports in the future during the Summer League, where he had the chance to watch the undrafted Parks play for the Dallas Mavericks.

The 22-year-old Parks played a total of five games in the Summer League, averaging 3.6 pts, including a high of 10 in the Mavs' victory over the D-League selection.

The son of legendary import Bobby RayParks went undrafted in the last NBA Draft, and is trying to make his way to the US cage league via the backdoor.

But Cone warned playing in the D-League is not a bed of roses.

"D-League is a tough life. It's really, really hard, but it's also the closest you can get to the NBA," said the winningest coach in the 40-year history of the PBA.

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