Bobby Ray Parks showed up in Gilas Pilipinas’ practice on Wednesday with hopes of cracking the final 12 as the national squad resumes its Road to Rio bid.
The 6-foot-4 Parks, fresh from a stint with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League recently, looked sharp and muscular, which he said is a product of his consistent workout.
“Of course, nawala ako ng isang taon. Hindi alam ng mga tao kung ano ang ginawa ko dun pero puro training lang ako, so twice a day,” Parks told media men at the end of the 3-hour Gilas practice at the Meralco gym.
The son of former 7-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks said his twice-a-day workout is usually done under the watchful eyes of American skills development trainer Tyrone Gordon at the National University new basketball gym and the Village Sports Club in Paranaque.
Gilas coach Tab Baldwin said he’s happy to see the left-handed Parks join them in practice. He believed the former 2-time UAAP Most Valuable Player is much better player since his brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks in last year’s NBA Summer League as well as the Texas Legends.
“It (Parks’ first day) looks good. I think he’s a better player from what I saw than the one that left,” Baldwin said with a smile.
But Parks’ recent NBA D-League exposure shouldn’t be considered an advantage in anyway, according to the American-Kiwi coach.
“So right now, we’re not looking for anybody to give us advantages. We know who our players are and he’s (Parks) another talented body and the onus is on him, on every player to earn the spot on this team,” stressed Baldwin, who just turned 58 on Monday.
“That’s what he’s here, trying to do. We’re happy he’s here and happy we have another international caliber player in the pool in this country.”
Parks said he currently weight 215 pounds, which he feels is his new playing weight.
The 24-year-old former National University star played 32 games for the Legends in the 2015-16 NBA D-League season, posting averages of 4.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.8 assist in 13.3 minutes of action. – By Richard Dy
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