Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. was part of the crowd who watched the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals match between the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters and Alaska Aces on Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, which Phoenix won convincingly.
“The PBA is a great, prestigious league.
“That’s one thing, and as you can see, I’m here watching the games and I’m enjoying the environment,” said Parks, Jr. after the match that saw Phoenix book their first semifinal trip in team history
The 26-year-old product of National University is coming off a heartbreaking stint with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League. Alab failed to defend their crown after getting swept by the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team in the quarterfinals.
His PBA visit on Sunday is just part of his break from the game for a while. The second-generation star has been playing basketball for three straight years now, during which he also played for Gilas Pilipinas and in the MPBL.
“I needed to rest right now. I’ve been playing three years straight, so I needed a break,” admitted the second overall pick in the 2018 Rookie Draft, with the Blackwater Elite.
Now that he’s taking some time off away from basketball, Parks, Jr. will be using this time to ponder about his next move.
Parks, Jr. is expected to join the Elite in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup. But even up to now, the former ABL Most Valuable Player hasn’t signed yet with the franchise.
“That’s what we’re still trying to figure out right now, whatever the next chapter is. I’m still pondering on my thoughts, trying to figure out the best situation not only for me, but for my family. I’ve been the breadwinner of the family,” he said.
“As of now they own my rights. But I haven’t signed anything yet.”