Parks set to finish out Alab contract
ASSURED that he can play out his entire contract with Alab Pilipinas, Bobby Ray Parks shifts total focus on helping the team retains its ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) title.
Charlie Dy, who represents the 25-year-old Fil-am, admitted Parks had one less burden to think of after the PBA gave him the go-signal to finish his contract witb Alab without compromising his commitment with mother team Blackwater.
“Ray can now fully concentrate playing for Alab in the ABL before taking care of his duty with Blackwater,” said Dy before the team left for Taipei for its Sunday game against Formosa Dreamers.
JUNE Mar Fajardo once again made history, receiving his fifth straight PBA Most Valuable Player award during the Leo Awards on Sunday at the Philippine Arena.
Fajardo surpassed Purefoods star Alvin Patrimonio and Mon Fernandez with the most number of MVP trophies.
It is also the PBA record for most number of MVPS won in consecutive years.
The San Miguel center averaged 20.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in Season 43.
Fajardo had a total of 2,436 points, beating Stanley Pringle of
Blackwater seeks PBA commissioner’s intervention in Ray Parks standoff
The two-time UAAP and ABL MVP found himself in the middle of a tug-of-war between Alab and Blackwater, which selected him no. 2 overall in last year’s rookie draft.
The Elite wanted Parks to play for them right away during the season-opener Philippine Cup, which will run in conflict with his tenure with Alab.
But after insisting that Parks made it clear he will fulfill his contract with Alab until the end of the ABL season as what was stipulated when he applied for the draft, Blackwater elevated Northport, who had 2,041 points.
The San Miguel center won in the media votes with 777, and the PBA votes with 300, while accumulating 1,032 statistical points and 327 player votes.
Pringle topped the statistical points with 1,107 and player votes with 395, and got 389 media votes and 150 PBA votes.
Pringle, Paul Lee of Magnolia, Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra and Marcio Lassiter of San Miguel joined Fajardo in the first Mythical Team.
Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra, Mark Barroca of Magnolia, the case before the PBA Commissioner’s Office.
The Elite contended that Parks’ case has no approval of the league board unlike the situation of Christian Standhardinger last season when he played out his contract with Hong Kong Eastern Lions in the ABL before coming on board San Miguel during the Commissioner’s Cup.
Upon review of passed board meeting though, PBA legal counsel Melvin Mendoza didn’t find any formal board resolution on the Standhardinger case, prompting the league to allow Parks to finish his committment with Alab. Arwind Santos of San Miguel, Poy Erram of Blackwater and Matthew Wright of Phoenix were named to the second Mythical Team.
Jason Perkins of Phoenix Pulse beat former La Salle teammate Jeron Teng of Alaska for the Rookie of the Year award, Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine bagged the Sportsmanship Award and Thompson was named Most Improved Player.
Norwood, Fajardo, Rafi Reavis of Magnolia, Rome Dela Rosa of Magnolia and Chris Ross of San Miguel were named to the All-defensive Team./ spin.ph
“It was a fair ruling as there was a precedent with Christian Standhardinger just last year,” said Dy, while also adding the previous cases of Alvin Patrimonio with Purefoods (1988) and Don Allado with Alaska (1999).
“Christian (Standhardinger) wasn’t even representing a Philippine club team,” Dy noted.
Blackwater management said it will respect the decision of the league and just await for Parks’ availability.
“Yes we respect the decision of the commissioner,” said Blackwater governor Siliman Sy./ spin.ph
JUNE Mar Fajardo receives his fifth straight PBA Most Valuable Player award during the Leo Awards on Sunday at the Philippine Arena. PALARO BID. Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (3rd from right) leads the Negrense delegation who will bid for the Palarong Pambansa 2021 in Manila today. In photo are Provincial Information Officer Karen Dinsay, Department of Education6 director Gemma Ledesma, Negros Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Portia Mallorca, Romeo Sison of Deped Negros Occidental, and Executive Assistant to the Vice Governor Jonathan Lobaton.