07 April 2016

Why The Bolts Need To Reconcile with Gary David?

Gary David
Gary David was called many names after his one-game suspension for Insubordination, Lack of Dedication, and Breach of Contract, but it does not mean he is lacking in skills to last for 2-3 more seasons.

With his caliber and offensive abilities, everyone should expect him to be plucked right away after he was placed in the unrestricted lists by the Bolts. Unfortunately, nobody wants to gamble with his 37-year old body or with his maximum pay contract.

This is the reason why David's and the Bolts's interests are better served if they just patch up things and move on. It is time to massage each other's ego and feed on one another to get a more productive season ahead.

For Mr. Pure Energy, he should acknowledge that he made a huge mistake trying to act like a "basketball diva." When Meralco was in need of direction, David let his frustrations get the best of him and defied coach Norman Black's instructions.

When Black was asking David to play in crunch time but David is insisting otherwise, Black knows David's game shape can withstand that swollen left ankle. David should have just vented his anger with a multitude of troikas - with each directed to Black's decision to bench him for most of the game.

For the Bolts, they need somebody off the bench to fire up and lead the second unit. They should not count on the rookie Baser Amer to make things happen overnight. Reynel Hugnatan will have his hands full containing the opposing "bigmen" to bark clear instructions on the floor. Ken Bono and Ryan Buenafe are still too raw to lead and made more evident by their struggles in dealing with their weight issues.

In David, the Bolts has an instant offensive threat off the bench. He played a total of 7 games in the current Commissioner's Cup and average a decent 16.3 minutes, 6.6 points, 1.1 rebounds on a 35.0 percent shooting clip. Those numbers could prove crucial when the likes of Newsome, Cliff Hodge, Amer and Jimmy Alapag are firing blanks from 'downtown.'

David's efficiency may ranked 12th among the Bolts rosters, but his 35.0 percent shooting from the rainbow area is second to Amer's 38.0 percent. Besides, he still attracts attention from defenders whenever he is on the move, which could greatly benefit Arinze Onuaku at the post.

A reconciliation meeting should be made soon because once the quarterfinal starts, David's importance will become more apparent.

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