06 February 2015

Gary David Gets His Confidence Back

Gary David
Gary David has always been known as a scorer when he played for Lyceum in the collegiate league and even after he was picked 10th overall by the defunct Coca-Cola Tigers during the 2004 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Draft.

In his 11-seasons playing as a shooting guard, David averaged 16.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 29.0 minutes per ball game. His career reach its peak during the 2011-2012 season when he top the most scored points, most 3-point’s made and most free throws categories after averaging 25.8 points per game.

As the 36-year old spends his third year as a Bolt and first time under coach Norman Black, David admits that there was still a little confusion on what his role really entails until he begins to hit his stride under the new system.

After the third game this 2015 Commissioner’s Cup, the 6-foot-1 player from Bataan feels more confident and that assurance translated to the Bolt’s unblemished record so far.

David scored 17 points to lead the Bolts in scoring for a second consecutive game. He scored 21 and 25 in his team’s two previous games and with 'El Granada' back in explosive form, Meralco has unsurprisingly done well, winning its first three games for a perfect 3-0 record and the top spot in the standings.

Black isn’t really surprised to see his deadshot swingman rediscover his shooting touch.

"A lot of people wants to retire him or put him to the grave, but Gary David is still the same old Gary David. He’s the old, deadly gunner which everybody knows," Black told InterAksyon.com after Meralco’s win over his old squad, Talk ‘N Text.

"People should remember that Gary played for Coach Ryan (Gregorio) for two or three seasons, so when I took over as coach, Gary has to adjust and learn my system. Now that he has already adjusted, he’s back to his old, deadly ways, hitting big shots and doing what he does best," he added.

David said he is much more comfortable with Black’s system now than in the previous conference and also knows what his coach requires of him, especially on the defensive end.

"Nag-usap kasi kami. Alam ko na yung priorities niya sa akin, yung mga gusto niyang makita sa akin. Defensive-minded si Coach kaya yun muna ang binigyan ko ng priority, yung defense," he said.

He added that everyone on the team has bought into Black’s philosophy and that has resulted in mostly good things for the squad.

"Yung tiwala naming sa isa’t-isa, yung respeto andun kaya maganda nangyayari," said David

No comments:

Post a Comment