IF you happen to notice Gary David always wearing the same shirt design that says, 'Basketball Never Stops,' here’s why.
The 36-year old Dinalupihan, Bataan pride bared that it has always been his goal to seize an ever elusive PBA championship for the crowning glory in what already is an impressive pro career.
Drafted 10th overall in the 2004 draft, David has played twice in the finals - first with the Air21 Express in the 2008 Fiesta Conference and again with Powerade in the 2012 Philippine Cup, but ended up with losses both times.
David said he can only hope he will not end up as the Karl Malone or Charles Barkley of the PBA, noting the two NBA legends ended their careers without any championship ring.
“Yun nga dahilan kaya siguro hanggat kaya ng katawan, sisikapin kong itono ang katawan ko kasi wala pa tayong championship,” said David.
“Hangga’t walang championship magsisikap ako, kukunin ko talaga 'yun. Mas maganda yung nag-retire ka ng may championship,” he said.
Though he admits being satisfied with how his career has gone so far, David still believes winning a title in the PBA will complete his legacy in the pro league.
“Satisfied naman ako sa career ko ngayon, yun nga lang talaga ang kulang - championship,” he reiterated.
With how Meralco is lording it over the current Commissioner’s Cup, David is hopeful the Bolts can sustain the run and finally get into position for a first-ever franchise championship.
“Oo, kayang kaya naman namin siguro. Pero ang target namin ngayon, mag-semis bago isipin ang finals. Pero sana, sana, hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy na kami,” said the former Lyceum Pirate.
After a forgettable 2015 Philippine Cup campaign, David has been one of the bright spots for Meralco, averaging 21 points, 2.43 rebounds and 1.43 assists per game in the Bolts’ first seven games.
David is happy with the playing minutes he has earned from Meralco coach Norman Black as well as in the trust given to him by his teammates and coaching staff.
“Maganda ang pakiramdam ko ngayon, maganda ang pakiramdam sa akin ni coach, yung tiwala nandun kaya tuloy-tuloy lang. At alam ko naman yung kundisyon ng katawan ko talaga,” said David. “Kalabaw lang ang tumatanda.”
And aside from his championship dream, David bared one other motivation.
“Expiring contract din kasi ako, target ko na maka-renew ngayon. Siyempre, batang-bata tayo ngayon kailangan talaga na focus tayo dun, maka-renew,” he said.
“Pero syempre, mas una sa akin ang tulungan ang team kada laro, para hindi nila isipin na renew lang ang habol ko.”
Asked about another tour of duty with the Gilas Pilipinas, David said he’s leaving it up to the new coaching staff of the team.
“Gilas? Hindi ko iniisip 'yun, pero kung tatawagin ulit yung pangalan ko … why not, di ba?” he said.