GLOBALPORT superstar guard Gary David intends to go back to basics as his new team takes a long vacation.
Plagued by injury in the PBA Philippine Cup, the 34-year-old David struggled to get his offense going as the Batang Pier became the first casualty at the end of the 14-game elimination round.
“Blessing din siguro na maaga kami na eliminate … Pahinga kami (Batang Pier) para makita namin ano man ang problema. Tapos, therapy and strengthening na din ako,” said David, who despite his struggles still ended up as the team’s leading scorer with 17.86 points per game average.
His field goal shooting, though, went on a sharp decline due to a foot and knee injury that limited his mobility this conference. In seven games, David shot just 33 percent.
The Batang Pier ended the conference with 10 straight losses en route to a woeful 1-13 record.
Globalport, which bought the Powerade franchise prior to the start of the season, registered its only win this conference on October 17 by nipping Meralco, 105-104.
David, however, was on the injured list when the Batang Pier scored their only win this conference.
“Ang mahirap sa akin, di man lang ako nakatikim ng panalo sa conference na ito. Masakit sa part ko, kaya balik lang ako sa basics,” lamented David.
With the long vacation ahead, David said he also plans to skip the practices of Smart Gilas 2.0, which is set to resume its international build-up before Christmas.
“Di ko pa sure yun (Smart Gilas 2.0 stint) kasi yung foot injury ko di pa 100 percent. Hintayin ko pa mag-heal ang paa ko,” explained the Dinalupihan, Bataan native.