RAY Parks Jr. played his first game in the PBA on Sunday in Blackwater’s win over Meralco in the Commissioner’s Cup opener.
Parks had 20 points, eight rebounds, and three steals in the Elite’s 94-91 overtime win over the Bolts. Although he shot 6 of 19 from the field including a 1 of 6 clip from threes, Parks said he is happy because his team got the win.
“We got the win,” Parks said. “That’s the most important thing. Rough shooting night, I’m still adjusting. At the end of the day, we got the win.”
Sunday was Parks’ first game in the PBA after a long wait, having played in the NBA Summer League, NBA G-League, Asean Basketball League, and in the MPBL before moving to the PBA. Parks also won three MVPs during his stint in the ABL.
“Sana masaya na sila,” Parks said, referring to the basketball fans who have been waiting for him to play in the PBA. “I’m very happy to be here. I’m happy to help the game. I just want to start this new chapter of my career in the PBA.”
But for the 26-year-old Parks, it’s just any other day in the office as he aims to contribute to the Elite and get as many wins as possible with import Alex Stepheson in the fold.
“(Just) another day. I feel like I’ve already played in a lot of professional leagues. I understand that the PBA is the most prestigious league. I just want to do my work,” said Parks.
“As much as possible, try to get more wins than we had last conference. Alex (Stepheson) is really helping the team. That’s what we want to do.”
Even with the win, Parks said the victory over Meralco is not an indication that the Elite no longer need to work on their game.
“A win is a win but I know we have a lot of work. We are still hungry for more wins and we have to get better in order to beat the top tier teams. Kudos to Meralco. They are a well-coached team, very talented, the are definitely a contender. We just did a great job,” said Parks.