Together with the Grand Slam bid of San Miguel, Gary David’s hopes to finally savor a PBA championship vanished as the Beermen suffered another Commissioner’s Cup exit on Sunday.
David, a 12-year veteran, got another lease of life in his professional career after powerhouse San Miguel picked him up from the unrestricted free agent list just before the playoffs following a controversial split with his former team, Meralco.
Nearing the twilight of his career, David was earlier linked to newcomers Mahindra and Blackwater as his next destination until San Miguel came out of nowhere to pick up the former league scoring champion. At this stage of his career, the Beermen, winners of 4 of the last 5 PBA titles, was the most logical choice to inch closer to that elusive championship.
But alas, destiny has not been kind for the Dinalupihan, Bataan native as of late after San Miguel, hounded by import and health issues, absorbed another mid-season setback in the semifinals at the hands of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
“Mabigat sa akin ‘to dahil nga bago ako sa team tapos natalo pa,” said David to FOX Sports.
“Di ko naman masyadong hina-hard para sa sarili ko yung ganun,” he quickly added. “Talagang ganun basketball to eh. May matatalo at matatalo kahit sobrang lakas na team.”
With David readily reviving his scoring production despite the limited minutes, San Miguel still failed to punch a ticket to the Last Dance.
But now, with more time to spend learning coach Leo Austria’s system, David believes it will be a different story come the Governor’s Cup in July for him and the Beermen.
“Magiging iba na yung istorya next conference dahil nga makakasama na ako araw-araw ng team, ng mga player,” he said. – By Jason Mercene
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