GARY David admits letting out his emotions to the management of Global Port Batang Pier after a woeful 1-13 (win-loss) campaign in the franchise's PBA debut.
The Dinalupihan, Bataan dribbler had, in fact, come very close to asking for a trade.
“Na-disappoint ako sa nangyayari … Sumama talaga loob ko nun kaya nakapagsalita ako ng medyo mabigat," said David while stressing that he stopped short of demanding a transfer.
The league’s scoring champion over the last three seasons, the 34-year-old sniper revealed that winning his first ever championship is now his utmost priority in the twilight of his colorful career - a dream that got a big boost with the twin trades on Thursday that had the likes of Japeth Aguilar and Sol Mercado joining him at Globalport.
Asked if he still wants a trade at this time, David answered with a smile: “Hindi na… Satisfied na ako sa team ko ngayon.”
The former Lyceum Pirate also bared how indebted he is at his boss, Mikee Romero, for being a supportive and very much active team owner.
“Natutuwa ako sa suporta na binibigay niya (Romero) at ng management sa akin. Hindi matatawaran yun. Kita mo wala akong narinig sa kanila nung nagpa-alam akong maglaro sa national team," he said.
“Kaya’t hangga’t saan ang kaya ko… susuklian ko ng magandang performance ang kagandahang loob nila," David added.
Meanwhile, David is now eager to see their new teammates in practice.
In separate deals with Talk 'N Text and Meralco, Global Port acquired Aguilar, Mercado, Yousif Aljamal, Kelly Nabong, and JP Belencion to complete a major overhaul of the lineup.
And David believes that the transaction is a quick response from Romero after their heart-to-heart talk after an early elimination in the last Philippine Cup - something which the Batang Pier owner confirmed.
"Ang sabi sa akin, paano tayo mananalo ng championship kung ganito ang nangyayari," said Romero.
David said: “Siguro nga … resulta na yun ng usapan namin. Pero di na importante yun, kasi ang mahalaga nagpalakas kami."