MERALCO coach Norman Black anticipates a match-up headache when his team faces Bobby Ray Parks Jr. in his PBA debut.
Parks is set to play his first PBA game on May 19 in the Commissioner’s Cup opener at the Mall of Asia Arena between Blackwater and Meralco, which is coached by his 'ninong' Norman.
“That will be interesting, playing against my godson,” said Black, who coached and played against the late seven-time PBA Best Import awardee Bobby Parks.
“That will be a good game. We both didn’t fare well in the All-Filipino. I’m sure, we are both raring to get into a good start this conference.”
Black said playing against Parks will be difficult for Meralco since the 6-foot-4 rookie will definitely pose tough match-ups on defense because of his versatility.
“I’m sure he will. Definitely. We'll see what position he plays whether the three or the two. Whatever position he plays, our guys will have a tough match-up,” Black said.
Incidentally, Parks was reported to be on the way to joining Black at Meralco in a three-team trade that would bring Bolts guard Baser Amer to TNT and the KaTropa's Jericho Cruz to Blackwater.
While the trade has yet to push through, Black will have to contend with a 'much-better' version of his godson.
Black acknowledged Parks has improved leaps and bounds after playing in the NBA Summer League, G-League, and the Asean Basketball League (ABL) where he won three straight MVP crowns.
The 26-year-old Parks also led San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to the 2018 ABL crown.
“He’s gotten stronger. He is a big wingman. He is a pretty tall guy to play a wing position. He actually plays point guard, shooting guard. His ball handling has improved a lot as well as his perimeter shooting.
“He is a guy who played in the G-League in the United States so you know he is really talented. We’ve been waiting for him to join the PBA for quite awhile. Now he is finally here. He is a good player,” Black said.