THE wife of Gary David admitted on Monday that the Gilas Pilipinas gunner has been affected by the barrage of criticism that followed his three below-par games in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship.
“Oo nalungkot talaga si Gary. Kasi alam niya kaya naman niyang makipagsabayan, pero hindi lang talaga siya nagka-chance,” said Jenn David, who has been in constant touch with her husband who is currently billeted with the entire team at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati since Tuesday.
At the same time, Mrs. David echoed the sentiment of the whole Gilas Pilipinas team encouraging Filipino cage fans to stop pointing fingers in the wake of the heartbreaking loss to Chinese-Taipei but to instead rally behind our national team.
“Sana nga, through thick and thin sama-sama at buo ang suporta natin. Kasi nakaka-down din talaga ng morale nila (Gilas) yung may nadidinig at nababasang negatibo,” she said.
“Tapos masakit dun, kapwa Pilipino pa natin,” added Mrs. David.
Another longtime supporter of David, former Powerade Tigers governor JB Baylon, said he has been doing his best to lift David's spirit.
“I know the skills of Gary and I trust him. Kaya I told him to focus on the present game and forget the past,” said Baylon. “Yung contribution doesn’t necessarily to score."
Baylon added: "Even the world’s greatest players will have moments of self-doubt. Ngayon trabaho nating mga fans to support and lift them up - hindi yung dikdikin ang player o coach.”
Mrs David said she believes the Globalport star will do his best to redeem himself.
“Kilala ko si Gary, ayaw nun ang natatalo at minamaliit. Kaya dun ako umaasa. I know magpaparamdam siya,” said Jenn, who is mother to Gary’s three daughters: Maxene, Gariel and Jeylaa.