GARY David is giving his best for Gilas Pilipinas, but doesn’t expect anything in return.
Jenn David, wife of the former PBA three-time scoring champion, said that has been the mindset of his husband as far as his status with the national team is concerned amid persistent questions by bashers over his inclusion in the Gilas national pool.
“Last year pa naman nila inaalipusta at dyina-judge nang husto si Gary,” said Mrs. David. “Pero kasi, ready naman siya na mawala run (Gilas lineup) eh. Hindi siya nag-e-expect.”
“Si Gary naman buhos yan sa ensayo at training niya para sa Gilas, pero hindi naman buhos ang expectations niya na maisasama siya,” added David's charming wife from Pandi, Bulacan.
Jenn, however, failed to hide her frustration over fans' continued attacks on social media sites over the 35-year-old Meralco gunner's inclusion in coach Chot Reyes’ rotation.
She poured her heart out in a Facebook post of her own.
“It's probably cliché when I say that I can't please everyone. And Gilas of course can’t avoid this. Now that I am over and done with the emotional aspect, I just want to express how proud I am that Gary was considered as a potential member of the team,” said Mrs. David in her status update.
“I take pride and honor it. For those who are doubtful about his capabilities, why don't you go ahead and confront coach Chot and tell him to take Gary out of the team? That wouldn’t be too difficult, right? Rather than bombarding me with your annoying messages.
“Talk to the authority (Gilas coaching staff). Not me,” she added with the hashtag: #peacetayo.
David did struggle in last year’s Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship, but remained one of the most reliable players in the pool, from where the lineup for the Fiba World Cup and Asian Games will be selected.
The Meralco star forward, though, made up this year following his consistent performance in the last Fiba-Asia Cup in Wuhan, China, where he averaged 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
“Sa pamilya naman namin, proud kami to support Gary. Proud kami na nakikita ang sacrifices niya para sa Gilas,” said Mrs. David.
“Pero tulad ni Gary at lagi nga niyang sinasabi sa amin, ibibigay lang niya ang best niya, pero hindi rin siya mag-e-expect ng todo, kasi alam niya ang basketball. At ayaw rin ni Gary ng na-fu-frustrate for expecting too much.”
Asked how David felt over pullout of Gilas veteran shooter Larry Fonacier that could enhance his chance of being included in the national team’s final roster, Jenn admitted his husband felt the opposite.
“Nalungkot si Gary, kasi si Larry ang isa sa buddy-buddy niya dun sa Gilas. Lagi niya roommate si Larry, saka matagal na niyang kasama,” she said.
“Hindi naman ganun si Gary na matutuwa kasi mas lalaki ang chance niya dahil may isang umalis. Sanay si Gary, kasi eversince nung na-cut siya sa varsity nung college, hardwork lagi puhunan niya para mag succeed,” said Jenn of her husband, who once failed to make the cut of the Far Eastern University men’s team.
And now that her husband is with Gilas Pilipinas on its journey to the Fiba-World Cup, Mrs David can only hope the sacrifices of the entire team will not go for naught.
“Mahirap din kasi nagkahiwalay ang family namin. Hindi nga alam ng mga bata na matagal mawawala daddy nila, pero 45 days din yun,” she said of David’s trip to Miami for a training camp for the world basketball championship.
From Spain, the team will fly to Korea for the 2014 Asian Games.
“Sana magbunga lahat ng sacrifices nila. Talagang pinaghirapan din nila 'yan. Bugbog katawan, hiwalay pansamantala sa pamilya. Hindi biro pinagdadaanan ng national team,” she said.