GARY David’s stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the recent 19th Super Kung Shueng Cup Championship in Hong Kong couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Globalport superstar said the short campaign somehow helped him get back into game shape and regain his confidence in time for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that starts next week.
David was plagued by injury for the most part of the Philippine Cup, where he suited up for just eight games but still averaged 17.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 33 minutes of play for the Batang Pier.
But his daily regimen during the season break, including playing for the national team, has definitely helped him recover.
“Last conference kasi di na ako tinigilan ng injuries. So ngayong conference, ang goal ko eh maging healthy at makundisyon. Wala na naman akong nararamdaman,” David told Spin.ph after showing up for Globalport’s practice at the Moro Lorenzo gym inside the Ateneo campus.
The 6-foot-2 David said his minimal time on the court with the Batang Pier last conference motivated him to work himself back into shape shortly after the league's rookie team failed to get past the elimination round.
“Okay naman na ang kundisyon ko for the second conference. Excited na nga ako maglaro sa team. New coach, tapos new conference pa,” the former star of Lyceum said.
The 10th overall pick in 2004, David said he’s thankful to be given the opportunity to join Gilas Pilipinas, allowing him to regain his confidence by playing alongside younger teammates from the national training pool.
“Masaya at nakalaro ko ang mga bata,” David said, referring to Letran star Kevin Alas, adjudged the tournament MVP in Hong Kong, as well as Ateneo’s Greg Slaughter and former San Beda stalwarts Garvo Lanete and Jake Pascual.