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article imageFil-Am Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. inching up closer to NBA dream

By Leo Reyes     Jul 17, 2015 in Sports
Fil-Am Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. is getting closer to his lifelong dream of making it to the NBA after sinking 10 points in his fourth playing day with Dallas Mavericks Thursday at at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nev.
In his longest playing time of 21 minutes and six seconds, Parks was credited with five rebounds, four steals and one assist. He also made three out of seven attempts from the field and a perfect score in the free throw line.
After scoring only one point in his last three games, Parks earned three points in his last game against the Lakers. His low point production is attributed to his limited playing time in the last three games.
Parks, who had to play off-point guard in the last four games said it isn't easy to join the NBA.
"It's tough, it's not really that easy to join this league," said Parks. "It takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice." he added.
For the first time in the tournament, Parks played a little over 21 minutes, the longest that he was allowed to the ongoing tournament. With Parks' contribution, Dallas won 104-88 over the D-League selection.
Parks Jr., who is hopeful of making it the the NBA regular season, is the son of Bobby Ray Parks Sr., an American basketball player who played for Memphis and later moved to the Philippines to play for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the country's lone professional basketball league.
Parks Sr. played in the country for 12 years, winning the best import award for seven consecutive years.
After his stint in the PBA, Parks, Sr.moved back to Memphis to finish his degree, bringing along his family including Bobby Jr.. who later played for Melrose in Memphis where he studied high school.
In 2010, Parks Sr. whose wife is from the Philippines decided to go back to the Philippines where he worked with National University (NU) as the school's athletic director. Later Parks Jr. joined the family in Manila to pursue his studies at NU where he made a name in the amateur league.
Parks Jr. played with NU Bulldogs for three seasons in the UAAP and was named MVP of the 74th and 75th seasons.
After a failed attempt to make it in the 2014 NBA draft, Parks got a series of invitations from other NBA teams including the Dallas Mavericks where he is now playing as point guard.
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