EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – When ABS-CBN News came to see NBA prospect Bobby Ray Parks Jr. during a Brooklyn Nets pre-draft workout at their East Rutherford headquarters, the former two-time UAAP most valuable player was nowhere to be found.
Nets officials said Parks received a hard elbow to the face during the morning work out and is getting medical attention.
Greg Polinsky, director of player personnel of the Brooklyn Nets said, “He just caught an elbow. He was a little bit dizzy. So when you’re dizzy, you have a headache, our trainer immediately did the right thing — shut him down. Don’t want to risk anything further in that situation.”
Devin Kharpertian, editor of The Brooklyn Game tweeted that Parks “got a nasty hit” and that “the player needed stitches.”
The 22-year-old Filipino American hoopster is in the US attending pre-draft camps with several NBA teams to get a shot at the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Parks missed half of his pre-draft workout session Wednesday, but Polinsky said he was still impressed with Parks’ performance.
Polinsky said, “He showed well in this workout — handled the ball, made some good decision, showed that he had a pretty good basketball savvy. Those are the things we are looking for.”
Parks Jr., son of legendary PBA import, the late Bobby Parks Sr., has worked out for the Utah Jazz and is scheduled to work out for the Mavericks, Celtics and Atlanta next.
The 2015 NBA draft will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 25 (2015).
“Our motto here is we’ve always been, we’re gonna take the best available player,” said Polinsky.
In an interview with the Nets Daily News, Parks said that it would be a blessing to get drafted in the NBA.
He also said that he is ready to accept the possibility of not getting drafted at all. But the most important thing, Parks said, is that he got his foot in the door for the NBA.
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