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RAY Parks beams optimism over the campaign of Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in the Japanese B.League. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF RAY PARKS

Ray Parks is now back in the groove as he embarks on a new journey with the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in the Japanese B.League following a controversial exit in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Shortly after playing his first preseason game, Parks beamed confidence over his overseas professional career, saying that they are headed to the right direction as far as the 2021-2022 season is concerned.

Parks is among the young players who made an exodus to the B.League.

His departure, however, was marred with controversy as he failed to reach an agreement with the TNT Tropang Giga that prompted him to take a leave of absence from competitive basketball due to “personal reasons.”

His decision didn’t sit well with the organization with no less than PLDT chair Manny Pangilinan raising a howl, posting on social media a photo of him while having fun in a beach in La Union.

But everything is now a thing of the past as the Tropang Giga eventually released him until he found a home with the Diamond Dolphins in the B.League.

“We look very promising and I’m proud of the team, on what we’ve done today, especially our first preseason at home and getting the win for the fans and everyone that is supporting,” Parks said following their 108-88 win over Gunma Crane Thunders.

Aside from Parks, also seeing action in the B.League are young players like Thirdy and Kiefer Ravena, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño, Kenmar Cariño and Dwight Ramos.

With a stellar showing after eight months of hiatus, the 28-year-old former National University star is raring to anchor the Diamond Dolphins on their season opener against Sun Rockers Shibuya at the Aoyama Gakuin Memorial Hall on 2 and 3 October.

“It’s an honor to be here, thank you so much. Of course we had some jitters, but at the end of the day we got the W (win) and the team came out with full effort,” Parks said.

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