BOBBY Ray Parks reiterated that he won't be the savior for Blackwater as he embarks on a new journey starting this 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
"I'm just here to help," he said.
The second overall pick in the last 2018 PBA Rookie Draft showed up Monday in the Elite's practice at Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong and immediately buckled down to work with his new team.
And so far, the 26-year-old feels at ease in this fresh start for him in the PBA.
"It was good. It was more of just getting a feel for things right now. It was good being back to basketball after being off for a while. It's just good to be back," he said after coming back from a three-week breather since San Miguel Alab Pilipinas' ouster from the 2019 Asean Basketball League (ABL) playoffs last April 3.
Rookie as he may be, Parks admitted that he "feels old" after the travails he's had since leaving the confines of National University.
"I feel like I've been through a lot. I've seen a lot through the years since I've graduated college and just to be back, I feel like I'm old, like I've experienced so many things," he said of his path which saw him test the waters in the NBA D-League before having stints with Gilas Pilipinas and eventually going to Alab.
One thing working in Parks' favor is the abundance of familiar faces in the Elite camp.
He's been teammates with Allein Maliksi at Gilas and Gelo Alolino at NU before and has waged numerous wars against former UAAP rivals in UE's Roi Sumang, FEU's Mac Belo, La Salle's Abu Tratter, and UP's Paul Desiderio.
Now, he wants to foster camaraderie with these bunch as Blackwater seeks to make great strides in this new journey, and, hopefully, replicate his success in his previous stops.
"It's more of building relations, building chemistry. Everything's new, it's a new system and it takes a team to win. That's it," he said.
"Regardless of what season it is, it's the goal of every team here to win championships, nothing less than that. I'm still as hungry as I was in Alab and it's the same thing. We're just here to win a championship and put ourselves in a position to do that."