NATIONAL University star player and amateur standout Bobby Ray Parks has yet to make up his mind on whether to join the coming PBA draft.
Apparently, the son of former PBA legendary import Bobby Parks is leaning toward pursuing his dream of playing in the NBA especially after a close encounter with basketball superstar Lebron James recently.
Parks shared to Spin.ph how he got the rare chance for a picture with his idol after waiting for the Miami Heat star to wrap up his shootaround at the MOA Arena following the historic 'Witness History' event.
“It was cool. I really waited ‘til the end (of his workout) for the opportunity and I was blessed enough to have a picture with him. He is so cool,” Parks said.
“For him to take the time to have a picture with me, means so much. He has a big impact in the game and so with me as a player,” he said.
Parks said he learned a lot from his chance encounter with `King James’ – no matter how short it was - especially on the aspect of improving and honing his skills.
“Everybody knows that he is one of the best players out there. After he worked out (play) with us he worked out again,” Parks said with delight. “It’s crazy that wherever he is, he always finds time to still improve.”
“His (James’) love and dedication to the game speaks to me. Watching him shoot around, the repetitions he puts up just gave me a new outlook,” added the former Philippine Youth team stalwart.
Performing new drills, crazy fade-aways, and shooting at the same spot are among the drills James did during his solo practice moments after his momentous event at the MOA Arena.
Asked if he still clings to his dream of playing with Lebron James soon, Parks thinks it is still possible.
“My NBA dream is still alive, very much alive. It never died at all. I already know what I have planned behind my head and really just try to pray that God will guide me,” Parks reiterated.
“I really want to see what opportunities come up and I just want to end up in the road and play in the NBA, that’s where I want to be,” he declared.
Right now, Parks wants to keep his focus on the UAAP where the Bulldogs are tied for second place with University of the East and University of Santo Tomas, all with similar 4-3 (win-loss) records.
As for his plans to join the PBA draft this year, Parks seemed impassive.
“I’m still focused on the UAAP. I still got time to join the PBA - if I want to maybe next season. No decision yet!”