UNDERRATED Meralco import josh Davis can be a second, fourth or 10th choice of the Bolts for all he cares.
He has a bigger motivation to do well in the PBA.
Easily the least heralded among the imports that came in for the Commissioner's Cup, Davis has made the biggest impression so far whil leading the Bolts to a league-best 4-0 (win-loss) record.
Davis is averaging 20.75 points, 18.50 rebounds, 3.50 steals and 1.50 assists per game - not bad for an import tapped only after the Bolts' original choice, Michael Dunigan, decided to sign with Ginebra a week before the campaign.
But being a second choice hardly matters for the former San Diego State Aztecs stalwart, who bared that his biggest motivation is to do well so he can continue to provide for his family, especially his unemployed mother Veronica.
“Yes, I heard that they negotiated first with Michael Dunigan. They told me. I have no problem with that. I never thought about it,” said Davis.
“(Actually my main motivation) is just an opportunity and financially get hold of my family and consequently get better (as a player),” he added. “My motivation comes within myself and get better everyday.”
Meralco officials even went to the point of confronting the local agent of Dunigan for the covert contract deal with Ginebra, but Davis claimed he is not out to prove he's better than Dunigan.
He's just out to show that the Bolts didn't make a mistake in picking him.
“That’s what I am trying to maintain, that I am good and that they don’t feel that they made a mistake (landing me as their import),” he said.
“I don’t really look at what he (Dunigan) is doing. I just really focus on our team and do everything I can do to help my team win,” Davis said.
“What happened in the past, we just have to let it go and continue on for the future. It feels good but I just work hard every day and try better in practice. Focus on the team’s welfare first.”
Here's a video of the full interview with Josh Davis:
He's making Meralco look good so far.
“It feels good to be a part of history for Meralco and continue doing what I can do to help the team win,” he said. “I will do everything I can to earn their respect. It’s still a long way to go.
“I'm gonna continue to work hard everyday, assist my teammates and get as many wins as we can. The league is a tough league so we have to get better every day,” Davis added.
Meralco star guard Gary David is all praises for the unheralded import.
“Fit na fit talaga siya sa amin eh. Yung style niya ang eksaktong kulang sa team. Kaya maganda rin galaw ng locals kasi napaka workhorse ni Josh,” said David.
“Maganda pa sa kanya, napakabait at humble. Walang yabang, puro lang siya practice at laro. Kaya swerte talaga kami dahil siya ang ibinigay sa amin ng Panginoon,” added the sweet-shooting Dinalupihan, Bataan native.
Davis and the rest of the Bolts will stake their 4-0 win-loss record on Sunday afternoon against the GlobalPort Batang Pier, which is led by newcomer import Calvin Warner.