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    No timetable yet for Bobby Ray Parks' debut with NLEX in D-League Foundation Cup

    Mar 26, 2014
    NLEX is staying patient as Bobby Ray Parks takes his time before joining the Road Warriors in the PBA D-League. Jerome Ascano

    BOBBY Ray Parks was not with NLEX for their season opener, and it is unlikely that he would suit up in the next game. He hasn’t even attended a single Road Warriors practice.

    But NLEX isn’t rushing its newest acquisition, saying it will be Parks’ decision when to suit up and play.

    “It is Bobby Ray’s decision. We gave him the freedom (to decide) on when he will play,” said NLEX head coach Boyet Fernandez when asked about the team's prized offseason acquisition.

    Parks is currently focusing on his studies at National University, but the Road Warriors hope to have him suit up sooner rather than later as they seek their sixth — and possibly, final — title in the D-League.

    NLEX will then focus on the move to the PBA, where the Road Warriors hope to bring up the athletic Parks, possibly as a direct-hire recruit.

    “We are happy he signed with us and we look forward to him joining us one day,” said Fernandez.

    Parks, a two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player who is scheduled to graduate this year, signed with NLEX just after the Road Warriors applied for membership in the PBA.

    NLEX management had earlier said Parks is on top of their list once the PBA allows a direct-hire provision when their application is accepted.

    The Road Warriors did well in their opening game without their prized acquisition, beating fierce rival Blackwater Sports, 102-84, on Tuesday.

    NLX battles Boracay on Thursday.

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    NLEX is staying patient as Bobby Ray Parks takes his time before joining the Road Warriors in the PBA D-League. Jerome Ascano
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