DAVE Marcelo insists he has nothing to prove to Barangay Ginebra when he meets his former team on Friday night in his debut for Blackwater in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After playing for almost three seasons with the Gin Kings, the veteran big man is set to take the court at 7 p.m. against his former team that traded him along with Chris Ellis to the Elite for Art dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar last week.
“Wala naman siguro (kailangan i-prove), kasi part na ‘to ng basketball eh, ganun talaga,” Marcelo said in a short chat with SPIN.ph after practice on the eve of the matchup. “Wala naman siguro akong gusto i-prove.”
While Ellis will have to wait a little longer before he can face the Gin Kings as he’s still recovering from full-body cramps, Marcelo gets a crack right away and has mixed emotions about it.
“Excited na hindi,” Marcelo said with a chuckle. “Excited na makakalaban ko sila, tapos yung feeling parang hindi mo ma-explain. Tapos hindi excited kasi parang ang awkward na sila ang kalaban. Parang bakit ganun?”
“I don’t know what to expect,” he added. “Maybe tomorrow na lang.”
The 28-year-old Marcelo, though, is using the matchup as a gauge on how far he has come in his career as he embraces this fresh start with the Elite.
“Challenge na rin yun sa’kin kung ano na yung narating ko, kung ano na yung kailangan kong gawin,” the five-year pro out of San Beda said. “And titingnan ko kung gaano na ako nakaka-adjust sa system ng Blackwater.”
“Nakakasama ko naman sila (Ginebra players) araw-araw, so I think alam naman nila yung tendencies and yung mga hindi ko kayang gawin, so we’ll see,” he added. “Maybe mag-grow ako ng much, much better bukas o maybe hindi. Bukas pa malalaman.”
But while the Gin Kings are familiar with how he plays, Marcelo should also know the Gin Kings and their system under coach Tim Cone like the back of his hand.
Elite frontcourt partner Poy Erram even bared that Marcelo gave some input during their recent practices on how to attack the Gin Kings defense, although the former Ginebra banger played down their advantage as he matches up against Greg Slaughter.
“Siguro (may konting advantage), pero hindi natin alam eh, kasi si coach Tim, alam naman natin na he’s a good coach, so syempre may plan siya for certain player,” the 6-foot-5 Marcelo said. “We’ll see pa lang tomorrow.”
“Syempre…may plan for us, may plan kami for them,” he added.