NATIONAL University coach Eric Altamirano said Bobby Ray Parks made the right decision to stay in the United States instead of applying for the PBA Draft as he pursues his dream of playing in the NBA.
Altamirano said staying in the US will give Parks more chances of achieving his goal to make it to the NBA, despite the tough competition he is facing following his stint with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League.
“I’m sure we will all agree that he had a good Summer League. He represented himself very well. But again, the competition there to be part of the lineup is tough. But he is heading in the right direction and the right path,” Altamirano said.
“It’s a matter of time that he will be given the opportunity. He just have to be dedicated and go through the process,” he added.
It was under Altamirano’s watch at NU that Parks won two MVP awards in the UAAP in 2011 and 2012. But after moving to the Bulldogs following his stint in high school in the United States, Parks’ NBA dream just wouldn’t go away. He got the opportunity when Parks suited up for the Mavericks in this year’s Summer League.
Following his stint with Dallas, Parks decided not to join this year’s PBA draft as he continues his pursuit of a spot in an NBA team, a decision that Altamirano supports.
By staying in the United States, Parks’ chances, according to Altamirano, of being noticed by NBA teams will be enhanced. The one-time PBA D-League MVP is currently in Indiana to continue his training.
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“Aim for the stars, if you fall short, then at least you'll land on the clouds! The training will be better there abroad, if he doesnt make the NBA, then he'll land in the PBA and Gilas will have an internationally trained athlete!" - Larrene Mesa
“He has to get used to the game there. And of course, when he is there, nakikita siya doon. Importante ‘yung visible siya and just getting familiar with the game there kasi iba ‘yung laro dito. Kung babalik pa siya dito, panibagong adjustment na naman,” Altamirano said.
Parks started out slow when he played for the Mavericks but he finally played his breakout game last July 16 when he finished with 10 points, five rebounds, and four steals against the NBA D-League Select.
Altamirano said Parks only needed to play relaxed in order for his real game to show.
“If you noticed, ‘yung game niya, every game, nag-iimprove siya. Na-rerelax na siya. I had a chance to talk to him and I told him to just be you and don’t be somebody else. Eventually, he gained the respect of his teammates and his coach na nabigyan siya ng maraming minutes,” said Altamirano.