LAS VEGAS – For the first time in the history of the NBA, two basketball players of Filipino descent faced off in an NBA Summer League game.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks played against the LA Lakers and their budding star Jordan Clarkson.
“Patuloy niyo pa rin akong supurtahan, patuloy po kayong manood. Para sa buong bayan po ito para makapasok po tayo ng NBA,” Parks told Filipino hoops fans.
Parks also got kind words from his teammate Satnam Singh, the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA. “He is a very good team player,” said Singh.
The Mavericks defeated the Lakers by two points, 88-86. Clarkson, who is already a promising sophomore in the NBA clearly outshone the two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, who is still trying to earn a spot in the Mavs’ roster.
Clarkson finished the game with 17 points, while Parks had three points, his new career-high in the Summer League.
“See him at the court and playing against him, I have the opportunity to play on this level, hopefully he’ll continue to do great things,” said Parks.
Clarkson said that it was a great game playing with a kababayan on an NBA court.
“Just keep working, man. Prove that you are supposed to be here. If you get invited to training camp go in there and be a dog and go get it!” he told Parks.
Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen said that despite their loss, Clarkson is doing a good job especially on defense.
“Every time Jordan steps on the floor he is gonna give you something. Jordan always plays great defense. Jordan always gonna harass the other man,” he said.
The Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 has just a few more action packed days before the finals on Monday.