CEBU - Gary David has been a known gunner in his entire basketball career.
But that doesn’t mean his new team Meralco needs him to score in bunches starting this new PBA season.
“We’re not really giving Gary all the pressure in terms of scoring majority of the baskets,” shared Gregorio during the press conference Saturday for the opening tip-off of the league’s 39th season here pitting the Bolts against defending champion Talk `N Text.
While Gregorio acknowledged David as one of the league’s top shooters, he said he did not want the other guys to just stand around and watch the shooting guard go to work.
“We also want to make sure that the other four guys that are playing around him, remain threats, so Gary will not just be the focal point of the defense.”
David was acquired by the Bolts along with AJ Mandani from Globalport in exchange for Chris Timberlake and their 2016 and 2017 second round picks.
The Meralco coach heaped praises upon his new wingman, but tempered expectations as he encouraged David to play two-way basketball.
“With Gary, we all know that he has been the best scoring option the last two seasons. Right now, we just want him to be a contributor. We want him to score but at the same time, we want him to focus on the other aspects of the game,” Gregorio said of the two-time PBA scoring champion.
David himself admitted he is still trying to adapt to his new teammates as he stressed developing team chemistry is his priority at this time.
“Para sa akin bagong team, bagong mga teammates pero hindi naman sila bago sa akin. Siguro maliliit na adjustments lang. Siyempre bago ako dito. Bago ang role. Yung lang naman. Ang pakikisama sa mga teammates ko ang tinatrabaho ko ngayon,” said `El Granada.’
With a backcourt that also includes several veterans in Mike Cortez, John Wilson, Sunday Salvacion and Jared Dillinger, Gregorio is thrilled with the sheer potential of the Bolts, but hoped other players are also prepared for David’s contributions.
“He can be very productive for us if he plays tough defense and also, he can facilitate scoring opportunities for his teammates. I just hope the other players will be ready because Gary will really be a multi-dimensional player this season,” said Gregorio.