Coach Yeng Guiao and the Red Bull Barakos couldn’t get enough of Juan Manuel Marquez so they’re hiring a compatriot, a seven-foot Mexican who was born and raised in the US – 7-0 265-lb Adam Parada. The 26-year old Parada was one of the last cuts on the Los Angeles Lakers’ training camp. Parada hopes to be the next Mexican to play in the NBA after Horacio Llamas and Eduardo Najera.
Parada was a stalwart in college, playing four solid years for the University of California-Irvine Anteaters. Despite his college credentials, Parada was not drafted by any team in the 2004 NBA Draft. Hoopsanalyst.com has an interesting read on Parada: “Parada has good size, but seems kind of soft. His rebounding and shot-blocking have been ordinary. The only impressive number on his resume is the .581 FG pct. Even that is less impressive considering Parada averaged only 12 ppg for consecutive seasons. Not much of a prospect, but his size could get him a shot.”
Not impressed? Here’s another take from nbahoopsonline.com: “if nose size was the measure of how good a player would be, than Parada would be the next star of the league. Other than his nose, there isnâ€™t much else that distinguishes Parada from anyone else. He has bad hands and doesnâ€™t even go near the basket most the time.”
The California-born Parada was a many-time Mexican national team mainstay. He does not play rugged like the likes of Najera and Llamas but he knows his basketball stuff. He’s big and uses that to his advantage with his great court sense and inside-outside game. Parada will form a dreaded 1-2-3 punch in the frontline with Mick Pennisi and Mike Hrabak that will outshoot opponents in three-point land but will notoriously suck on defense.
Former Shell import Jameel Watkins was rumored to be on the team’s radar but the Magnolia Beverage Masters beat them to the draw. Watkins would have been good addition to the Barakos with his interior defense and inside scoring but Parada could be a better fit. If anyone knows how to convert a goldmine out of garbage, it is coach Yeng Guiao!