GARY David expects to play better for San Miguel in the PBA Governors’ Cup, more so with the benefit of a longer time to familiarize himself with the system of head coach Leo Austria and gel with the rest of the team.
The former PBA scoring champion, picked up from the free-agent market by the Beermen after a falling-out with Meralco, made little impact during SMB's run in the Commissioner's Cup, but has vowed to put the long break in between conferences to good use.
“Wala pa akong chance na makapag-practice ng matagal. Ilang days lang ako. This coming conference, siyempre naka-practice na ako ng matagal. Makukuha ko na ‘yung chemistry at saka ‘yung sistema ni Coach Leo. Makakacatch-up na ako,” David told SPIN.PH.
Before rejoining the Beermen in training, David is spending time in his part-time role as assistant to head coach Topex Robinson at alma mater Lyceum.
David averaged 3.8 points and 9.2 minutes per game during his six games with the Beermen, a far cry from his numbers during his high-scoring days with Meralco, Powerade, GlobalPort, and Air21.
David said he wasn’t expecting to log heavy minutes for San Miguel or contribute right away, having transferred mid-conference.
“Sa akin naman, ‘yung paglipat ko sa San Miguel, hindi ko naman inexpect na may minutes ako. Loadad ‘yung talent ng team. Sinabi ko nga kay coach, any role, I’ll accept,” said David.