THE failure of a replacement to take over the spot of Ginebra import Herbert Hill certainly brings a smile on the face of Globalport top gunner Gary David.
Speaking to Spin.ph Thursday night, the Batang Pier offensive ace said he likes his team’s chances against the Kings with Hill around when the two teams meet Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Kung si Herbert Hill ang paglalaruin... medyo maganda ang tsansa namin,” the league’s three-time scoring champion said bluntly.
Like most PBA fans – majority of them Ginebra supporters – the 6-foot-10 Hill didn’t leave a lasting impression on the scouts of Globalport when they watched him go up against counterpart Michael Dunigan and the Air21 Express Sunday.
“Sinasabi sa amin nung mga scouts namin... mukhang talagang bano raw,” said the outspoken shooting guard from Dinalupihan, Bataan, who nonetheless, remained mystified at the true capabilities of Hill.
“Pero nagtaka kami kasi sa third quarter pumukpok eh.”
The 34-year-old David was also told that Hill had a sleepless night on the eve of his debut game.
“Napuyat daw kasi `yun eh. Na-excite siguro masyado kaya nawala sa rhythm.”
David, however, expects a much-improved Hill against the Batang Pier.
“Sa viewing nakita ko `yung galaw niya, siguro ganun na rin talaga yun. May galaw naman kaso... wala sa timing...
“Pero tignan natin, mahirap diyan biglang gumaling,” David added.
Asked what he will be suggesting to management had Hill been their import, the national team player replied with a straight face, “eh sasabihin ko palitan na yan.”
But David has all the respect on Globalport import Justin Williams, who had been a workhorse for the team by averaging 21 rebounds, 15 points, and three block shots in two games with the Batang Pier.