GARY David is tempering expectations ahead of his return to the PBA on Wednesday with Mahindra.
The 38-year-old shooting guard refused to talk much about his comeback after a brief respite after failing to get a renewal from San Miguel Beer in the offseason.
He did admit he's yet in tip-top shape for his first game of the season against Rain or Shine in the curtain raiser of the Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
"Siyempre medyo nawala 'yung timing," said David on Tuesday night, adding he practiced with the Floodbuster for only two days.
Before the Mahindra call came, the league's four-time scoring champion admitted hea was already resigned to playing in other leagues outside the PBA.
"Expected ko na kasi na sa ABL (Asean Basketball League) o sa ibang liga na ako lalaro," said the native of Dinalupihan, Bataan.
That's why it thrilled him no end when he received the call fron Mahindra and put the team's trust on him.
"Masaya ako na tumawag ang Mahindra at naniniwala pa rin sila sa kakayahan ko," David stressed.
The call from the Floodbuster came after the team was trashed by Globalport in their first outing in the all-Filipino Cup, 97-75, last week.
Aside from David, Mahindra also tapped the services of slam-dunk champion Rey Guevarra to bolster its offense.