THEY play the same position and both need the ball to shine, but new Meralco teammates Mark Cardona and Gary David insist they can co-exist in the Bolts camp.
The two go-to guys, who do not hesitate to take the shot when it's there, may end up splitting the minutes or sharing the ball after David arrived at Meralco from Globalport in a four-player deal sealed on Friday.
[For full story, see David gets trade wish, goes to Meralco in four-player swap]
David, however, said he is used to fitting in and vowed he will make any adjustments necessary while following whatever order from his new coach Ryan Gregorio to the letter.
“Kahit saan naman ako team na mapunta, maglalaro ako. Kahit na may kapwestuhan o ano. Basta ako susunod lang ako sa play,” David told Spin.ph a few minutes after news of the story broke.
“Ako pa, strike anywhere ako!” added the 35-year-old streak shooter from Dinalupihan, Bataan.
Cardona, for his part, bared that he finds no problem playing alongside David.
“Ako naman, I have no complaints about my playing time. As long as we are winning, I’d be happy,” said the five-time PBA All Star.
“I am willing to sacrifice, whatever it takes, just so that I can win another championship. 2009 pa ata ako huling nag champion,” he added.
The 31-year-old Mandaluyong City native said he felt Meralco benefited more from the trade, adding the Bolts added key pieces in their arsenal.
“Tingin ko nga panalo kami sa trade na 'yan. Mas maraming bala, mas maganda,” he added.
Asked if he is not afraid to lose his spot in the team, Cardona paused for a moment before sharing what’s on his heart.
“'Yung kaba siguro sa akin, dati na 'yan. Sanayan na lang talaga 'yan. Kung ano mangyari… ready lang ako. Ganun talaga, wala tayong magagawa,” he said.
“Over the years, I have learned to expect the worst, but give my best at the same time,” Cardona added.
Aside from David and Cardona, Meralco is now loaded with top-notch scorers like veterans Mike Cortez, Sunday Salvacion and John Wilson.
Spin.ph asked team consultant Jong Uichico if a surplus in shooting guards would force Meralco to enter into another trade agreement soon.
“We’ll see muna. Binubuo din namin 'yung team eh. We’re still improving little by little,” said the eight-time PBA champion coach.
“We’re trying to fill the spots we need to fill. We’re getting competitive but how fast can we improve in terms of team composition? That’s for all of us to see,” said Uichico with a smile.