Four-time Most Valuable Player Alvin Patrimonio is one of the greatest players to ever suit up in the PBA.
But even he admits that the late Bobby Parks was a nightmare matchup for him.
The seven-time Best Import succumbed to cancer last Saturday, and Patrimonio paid his respects by recalling just how difficult it was to play against Parks.
“Hirap na hirap ako talaga doon,” Patrimonio told InterAKTV in an exclusive interview.
“He’s taller than me, he’s more athletic, he’s got a lot of moves, has all-around skills and has power in his game.”
The Captain of the Purefoods franchise said the team was always at a loss on how to stop Parks.
“Hindi nga namin alam gagawin namin to defend him,” he said.
Patrimonio was saddened by Parks’ passing at the age of 51.
“Mabait yun eh. Sa mga imports, isa yan sa mabait bukod sa magaling role model pa siya, kaya mataas respeto naming sa kanya,” said Patrimonio, who currently serves as team manager of the San Mig Coffee Mixers.
Patrimonio has won many big games in his heyday, but such was his respect for Parks that he remembers, to this day, one of his rare victories over the import that came in the 1997 Governors’ Cup.
“We were facing Shell in 1997. Magaling pa rin si Bobby Parks noon. Our import was Mike Jones. I made the game-winning play and that for me is something special,” said Patrimonio.
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