Ray Parks Jr. on PBA Draft plans: Never say die!

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 14, 2018 05:06 PM
Ray Parks Jr. on PBA Draft plans: Never say die!
Ray Parks Jr. has been keen on saying a phrase associated with the Philippines' most popular basketball team

The future as seen in Ray Parks Jr.’s crystal ball remains murky.

Yes, he has committed to play for the Mandaluyong El Tigre in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, but whether or not he will get to play there is yet to be determined.

And with the next season of the Asean Basketball League still a long ways away, it’s safe to say the newly crowned champion and back-to-back MVP will not be seeing action there anytime soon.

And so, that leaves one more big league – the first and oldest pay-for-play league in all of Asia, if you will.

As to playing, at long last, in the PBA, though, Parks Jr. remains non-committal.

What he’s already comfortable saying now is that he’s here to stay in the Philippines.

Asked if he thought he has reclaimed his place among the top young talents in the country with his stellar showing in the ABL, he answered, “Was I gone? That’s all I gotta say.”

He then continued, joshing with the reporters surrounding him while he was at it, “I can’t say I’m back. I never left. I got no love for the past couple of months? A’ight, talk about this, come show me some love the next couple of months.”

And when PBA Draft time rolls along some time in September to October, the 24-year-old said he will have an ABL championship and two ABL Local MVPs to show everybody. “Keep talking about this and come (PBA) Draft time, we’ll see,” he said.

He also added, “Never say die!”

That last statement, he has left us to interpret by ourselves.

If we use his post for Alab Pilipinas teammate Justin Brownlee, however, then we would have an idea of what he means.

So you say Never say die, Rayray?

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