With PBA Draft in mind, will Parks complete MPBL’s stretched season?

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RAY Parks will spearhead the Mandaluyong El Tigre for the coming MPBL season, making him the new face of the league.

But with the PBA Rookie Draft in mind, the question people were asking is will Parks be able to complete his full season with the El Tigre in the MPBL?

Parks’ agent, Charlie Dy, didn’t reveal the terms of  Parks’ contract, saying his player would concentrate on playing with the El Tigre, to which he is now under contract.

“Matagal pa naman ang Draft,” added Dy in an online message to FOX Sports Philippines.

The PBA Rookie Draft will be held late this year while the MPBL is expected to stretch until 11 months, depending on the longevity of the games in the playoffs. With 26 squads participating, the fastest growing regional basketball league will have 25 games each for all teams competing.

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Players coming midway the PBA season isn’t new after all.

Alvin Patrimonio, one of those direct hires of Purefoods when the team entered the league in 1988, had to wait until the second conference of the season as “The Captain” had to finish his contractual obligations with rival Swift, which was then playing in the old PABL.

The latest player who faced similar scenario was Christian Standhardinger, the top overall pick in this season’s Rookie Draft, as he had to finish the ABL season playing for his Hong Kong squad and joined the Beermen right after the Philippine Cup ended.

A few more players from the collegiate leagues who were drafted by PBA teams  had to fulfill their playing season with their respective schools before joining their pro league squads.

Parks might undergo the same route to the PBA team which is going to draft him next season. For now, the second generation player will have a  new sanctuary playing in the fastest growing regional basketball league — and fans of  Mandaluyong — as well as the 25 other home courts of participating squad will be waiting.