THE Philippine Basketball Association is set to name the Best Import award after the late Bobby Parks.
League commissioner Chito Salud said on Sunday the move will take effect in the ongoing Commissioner's Cup.
"He is the perfect example of how an import should conduct himself on and off the court," said Salud of the only man to win the Best Import award seven times.
Salud added the decision no longer needs the approval of the league board as it is solely the call of the Commissioner's Office.
Parks passed away on Black Saturday due to laryngeal cancer. He was 51.
The league offered a minute of prayer for the former University of Memphis stalwart just before the main game between San Mig Coffee and Barako Bull at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Salud, who paid his last respect to the import Sunday night at the Heritage Park together with media bureau chief Willie Marcial, disclosed that as early as his first term in office, he already told Parks about the move the first time they personally met.
The commissioner recalled Parks had just come back from the U.S. then and still has no affiliation with San Miguel, the last team he coached prior to his death.
“He was asking for tickets then because he just returned from the U.S. and has no connection yet with San Miguel. And I remembered telling him we will name the Best Import award after you,” said Salud.
“It’s just unfortunate that he’s no longer around.”
But even while still alive, Salud said naming the Best Import award after Parks was a no-brainer.
“It’s very apt, very appropriate (to name the Best Import award) especially now a days that we’re all looking for an import who not only plays well on court, but also is a role model off court. On and off court decorum, nobody does it better than Bobby Parks,” said the commissioner.
“It’s only fitting. I can’t think of any player to name the Best Import award. I commiserate with the family of Mr. Bobby Parks, he will be missed, and thank you for all his contributions in the PBA.”