Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. not playing this season, cites personal reasons

TNT Tropang Giga star guard Ray Parks Jr. announced on Saturday afternoon over his social media accounts that he will not be participating in the upcoming PBA season due to "personal reasons."

"It is with a heavy heart that I will have to excuse myself and not partake in this year's PBA season due to personal reasons which in particular, my family," said Parks in his Instagram post.

The former ABL MVP added that it was not an easy decision to make, since he is in constant talks with TNT management regarding his contract. Parks, a free agent, signed a one-year extension with TNT in 2020.

He was traded to the Tropang Giga mid-season after being selected second overall by the Blackwater Elite in the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft.

Parks was the league's statistical leader inside the bubble in Clark, Pampanga, accumulating 38.2 statistical points. The 28-year-old normed 22.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists in 17 games, en route to becoming one of the frontrunners of the Best Player of the Conference honors ultimately won by Stanley Pringle.

Due to his calf injury, he missed the last four games of the Philippine Cup Finals against Brgy. Ginebra, as his team fell in five games.

Parks also thanked team management and hopes to return to the team soon.

"Hopefully one day, once everything is resolved I can come back to the team and help bring a championship to TNT," furthered the NU alumnus.

Even without Parks, Reyes believes that his current roster can continue to contend in the upcoming season.

"First of all, our prayers go out to him, together with our wish that he finds resolution to his personal issues. Obviously losing him is a big blow, because Ray is such a big part of our plans moving forward. But I have faith in the players we have in this team. We will find a way," Reyes said in a text message on Saturday evening.