FOR the first time in his PBA career, Gary David is shedding his favorite No. 20 jersey.
Hopefully, the change in jersey number will finally bring him good luck.
As David looks forward to a new season with new team Meralco, he also hopes a new fortune awaits him as he continues his seach for a first championship since his college days.
“Sana sa pagpapalit ko ng number, maka champion na. Sana may dalang swerte ito,” said David, who hasn’t won a single major championship since his playing days for the Lyceum Pirates.
“Hindi tayo pinalad , PBL at PBA. Wala pa. Sana ito na yun,” revealed the 35-year-old shooting guard.
At Meralco, the high-scoring pride of Dinalupihan, Bataan will be donning jersey No. 28 – a combination of his old number and his designated Gilas jersey number.
David said he can no longer use his old number with the Bolts as Jared Dillinger already owns it.
Dillinger arrived at Meralco two months earlier than David, both coming through separate trades.
“Na kay Jared na `yung No. 20. Kaya hindi ko na hinabol. Hindi ko na rin siya kinausap tungkol sa pag-arbor nung numero. Nauna siya, kaya respeto na lang,” said the three-time league scoring champion.
“Saka yung 28, birthday ng misis ko yan. Saka `yung 8 naman, birthday nung tatlong anak kong babae na sina Maxene, Gariel, at Jeylaa,” disclosed David.
But he admitted it will be one emotional transition as he has been donning the No. 20 jersey since his PBL days with Montana in early 2000.
“Tagal na nun ano?” he said, revealing the No. 20 was his tribute to his wedding with wife Jenn, which took pace on July 20, 2003.
He wore jersey No. 13 during his stint with Lyceum.
“Ikatlong palit ko to. Kasi `yung 13 ko nung college, birthday ko naman yun, July 13. Lahat ng number ko may meaning,” he said.
David said he’s a person who doesn’t believe in superstitions, but may well start doing so.
“Kasi parang swerte ako pag nasusunod sa pamahiin, naalala mo nung nag pahiyang ako nung Gilas at umuwi sa bahay?” he said laughing, while recalling how he ended his personal slump during the last Fiba Asia Men’s Championship.
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Likewise, David expressed satisfaction with the rebuilding undertaken by the Bolts, who recently snared key talents like him, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nelbert Omolon, Mike Cortez, and Kerby Raymundo in a series of wheeling and dealing the past two months.
“Maganda ang lineup namin ngayon. Kahit papaano masasabi na may ipapalag talaga,” David said.