On a late-night drive from the United Center to the home he rents in a Chicago-area suburb, former University of New Mexico star and current Chicago Bull Tony Snell was at peace as he talked with longtime friend Clint Parks riding shotgun alongside him.
Parks looked over to Snell after one of the 77 NBA games he played in during his rookie campaign and asked a simple question.
“I just wanted to know how he was doing,” said Parks, who with Marvin Lea have been two of the men in Snell’s inner circle since his high school days in California playing for the Team Eleate, a club team and player development organization. “You know it was just me and him, nobody else around. That’s a big change he was going through going from where he was to where he is and I just asked how he was doing.”