By Ernest Hernandez
The Gilas Pilipinas program will be very busy this August with coach Chot Reyes splitting the players for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in Lebanon and SEA Games in Malaysia.
As far as the SEA Games, the squad will have Ray Parks as one of the leaders for the Gilas Cadet program.
“Isang karangalan talaga na ma-represent yung bayan and to be in the SEA Games again is big,” said Parks who is gunning for his third SEA Games Gold Medal.
Compared to the quintet assigned to the FIBA Asia Cup, the national team for the SEA Games is a favorite to take home the gold. Regardless, Parks takes pride representing the country in any tournament.
With most of the attention on the Gilas five to FIBA, Parks hopes to make some noise in Malaysia and have his share of glory.
“For me, even from day 1, when my country calls me, I’m willing to play and represent. Even today, from what is going on right now, we want to change the tabloids — right now and have Gilas on the front page and be proud of.”
Undoubtedly holding a promising basketball career, most wonder what the future holds for Parks. He does have plans of re-entering the NBA G-League again and plans to sit down and talk with his agent to discuss his options.
“To be honest right now, I’m still trying to decide after SEA Games,” said Parks. “I have a lot of time to decide on things. A lot of doors are opening up and I have to sit down with my agent – talk to him on the best thing to do, not only for me but for the family.”
Parks is also keeping his options open on possibly joining the 2017 PBA Draft. He admits that it is one of the main goals of his playing career.
“I’m definitely open-minded to the draft,” Parks said. “There are a lot of great talent going in the draft. It is a life-long dream of any player that played here in the Philippines to play in the PBA – our most prestigious league. I’m definitely not shutting my doors for that.”