GARY David made the most of the short PBA break by giving back to his alma mater.
The Meralco Bolts star recently joined Lyceum’s coaching staff under new head tactician Topex Robinson, appearing in the Pirates’ first two games in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.
“Syempre dyan ako galing eh, tsaka nag-request sa akin si pareng Topex,” David said in a chat with Spin.ph.
David, arguably the Intramuros-based school’s finest product, assured his cameo role for the Pirates didn’t affect his duties with the Bolts in their preparation for the Governors’ Cup.
“Wala naman conflict,” David said ahead of the Bolts’ opener on Tuesday night against Globalport. “Alam naman niya (Robinson) schedule ko at hindi naman ako in-o-obligahan na pumunta sa practice at game, pag may time lang.
“At least yung presence ko lang daw pang-pa-morale na sa mga bata.”
The 36-year-old pride of Dinalupihan, Bataan admitted he is setting his sights at a career at the sidelines in the future.
“Hindi na rin kaila na medyo hindi na rin ako bata at medyo ilang taon na lang rin ako sa PBA,” the 11-year league veteran said. “Hopefully pagkatapos ko, coaching career naman, makatulong sa mga bata.”
Pirates star guard Dexter Zamora can attest to David’s impact to the team.
“Sobrang laking bagay ni coach Gary sa amin kasi we look up to him as a model,” the high-scoring playmaker said. “Iba kasi yung teaching ng isang coach na mismo siya may playing experience, lalo na nasa PBA pa din siya ngayon.”
David knows exactly how he can help the Pirates even without Robinson telling him.
“Wala namang specific role na binigay. Sa akin na rin yun,” one of the league’s deadliest gunners said. “Pag nasa practice ako, binibigyan ko ng atensyon ang mga bata, especially mga shooters.”