“THEY don’t want me in this league.”
That’s how second generation player Ray Parks explained his tenure in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) as he didn’t get the warm reception he usually receives.
On opening day, Parks received a rough welcome from his opponents, who played physical against him all game long. He finished with 21 points, but committed four offensive fouls.
The son of seven-time PBA Best Import told sportswriters that he was surprised with the calls and even took a swipe at the officiating, in his debut game in the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
“I’ll be honest, they don’t want me in this league,” added Parks. “First time I’ve ever seen in my life, four offensive fouls. I attended the orientation, I know what the foul is.”
Parks, however, refused to be intimidated and vowed to take this as a challenge.
“I’m taking it as a challenge. They don’t want me here. It’s my home. I enjoyed playing in front of the crowd as much as I could. But at the end of the day, it’s just a stepping stone for me,” he added.