Bobby Ray Parks bares only a 'technicality' kept him from playing for Lakers team in NBA Summer League
Bobby Ray Parks joins the NU community in singing the school hymn at the end of the Bulldogs' win over the UE Red Warriors on Sunday. Jaime Campos

BOBBY Ray Parks said only a ‘technicality’ prevented him from making the Los Angeles Lakers' roster for the NBA Summer League this year.

Parks said he was invited to play for the Lakers’ summer league team, but a technical issue arose with the early draft form that would have made him eligible for the league.

“I got the invitation to play this year in the summer league,” Parks told reporters after watching National University beat University of the East on Sunday in the UAAP at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

“But since I was born in 1993, and my agent in the States thought I was born in 1992, I didn’t sign an early draft form which made me ineligible this year. That’s the story,” Parks said.

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The 21-year-old son of the late legendary PBA import Bobby Parks, however, said he still plans to pursue his dream to make it to the NBA next year as the invitation to play for the Lakers’ summer league team is still open.

“For next year, I still have an open invitation to go for the summer league,” said Parks.

Although he was disappointed that he failed to make the Lakers’ team, the two-time UAAP MVP said the invitation to play for the Lakers is a major confidence boost in itself.

“Nabigyan naman ako ng confidence. Pero nanghihinayang din ako na nandoon na ako, tapos may technical issue. Kasalanan ng agent ko sa States, pero okay naman kasi may open invitation pa rin ako,” said Parks.

“It was a great experience. At the same time, I got a lot better,” he added.

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