THEY were considered competitive rivals in the UAAP before.
But now, Terrence Romeo – like the rest of this basketball-crazy nation – is one in supporting the NBA bid of Fil-Am guard Bobby Ray Parks.
The Globalport star sees Parks, a two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player (MVP) as capable of reaching his goal of making it to the world’s premier basketball league.
“Alam ko na kaya niya,” said Romeo at the sidelines during the press launching of the Fiba 3x3 Manila Masters Thursday at Robinson’s Place in Ermita.
“Alam ko ‘yung talent ni Ray Ray. Alam ko na malaki ‘yung posibilidad na siya ‘yung first na maging Pilipino na nasa NBA,” he added.
Parks is currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks in the ongoing NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
It was Romeo, the former Far Eastern University King Tamaraw, who inherited the MVP throne following Parks’ back-to-back. The son of the late legendary import Bobby Parks didn’t return for another season with National University the following year as he began pursuing his NBA dream.
Romeo said Parks has the ability to reach his dream since youth is on his side.
“Bata pa si Ray Ray. Marami pa siyang puwedeng iimprove at puwedeng i-galing. Basta ‘wag lang siya mawalan ng pag-asa. Kailangang buo ‘yung loob niya,” said Romeo.
The Batang Pier combo guard also admires Parks because he doesn’t need to be dirty in order to play his own game.
“Malinis siya maglaro. Basketbol lang kung basketbol. Pagalingan talaga. ‘Yun ang inaadmire ko na player. Gusto lang basketball. Magaling din siya mag-involve ng mga teammates niya. Sobrang matured siya,” said Romeo.
The PBA sophomore stressed Parks needs the support of the entire Filipino people in his quest to make the NBA.
“Para sa akin, hindi siya puwedeng i-judge agad. Alam naman natin kung gaano nagsisikap si Ray Ray na matupad ‘yung dream niya. Lahat tayo, suportahan na lang natin siya at antayin na marating ‘yung pangarap niya,” he said.