Ray Parks’ only club championship he can call his own came when he was under the tutelage of Jimmy Alapag.
When Alapag and his family left the country for good on Tuesday evening, the 27-year-old ended up reflecting on the two sweet years they spent together.
“I just want to say thank you for being a mentor, a friend, and most importantly a father-figure to me. Thank you for inspiring me to be better on and off the court,” his Instagram post read.
Coming off a disappointing debut in the 2016-17 season of the ABL, Alab tapped Alapag as its head coach.
Parks was then coming off an MVP season in his first stint in the regional league. And he was able to find his supernova level under Alapag.
Besides winning his second of three MVP plums, Parks led the team to the championship thanks to the selfless and winning culture Alapag brought to him and the team.
“You are truly the definition of what greatness is.”
Despite Alapag’s departure, Parks vows that he will continue to live out the words of wisdom Alapag told him.
“I’ll continue to listen to your words of wisdom and strive to be the best I can be. I wish you all the best in your next chapter and I pray for safe travels for you and the fam,” he expressed.
“One love, coach.”