Apr 22, 2019

Parks joins Blackwater practices

BOBBY Ray Parks has finally joined the Blackwater practices on Monday as he embarks on a new chapter in his basketball career.

The no. 2 pick in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft immediately familiarized himself with his new teammates as the Elite prepared for the upcoming 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

"It was good. It was more of just getting feel for things right now," he said.

Parks, the son of seven-time Best Import Bobby Parks Sr., spent the last three years with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, where he won two Local MVP awards and a title in 2018.

He has also tried his luck in the NBA D-League with the Texas Legends, as well as numerous stints with Gilas Pilipinas.

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Those experiences should serve the 26-year-old well in his jump to the big league where he is expected to be one of the key figures for Blackwater moving forward.

"I feel like I've been through a lot. I've seen a lot through the years since I've graduated college and just to be back, I feel like I'm old, like I've experienced so many things," said the 6-foot-2 guard said.

However, Parks was quick to add that he's not going to be a savior of sorts for the Elite saying the success of Blackwater largely hinges on teamwork.

"I'm not gonna be the savior. I'm just here to help," he said. "It's more of building relations, building chemistry. Everything's new, it's a new system and it takes a team to win. That's it." (RL)