Gary David left puzzled by second-half benching: 'Baka wala na silang kumpiyansa sa akin'
Meralco gunner Gary David watches the action from the bench. Jerome Ascano

GARY David is hurting, not from the ankle injury he suffered in Legazpi City last week but from within.

The Meralco gunner is left befuddled after sitting out the entire second half of the Bolts’ 104-99 loss to NLEX Road Warriors in Friday’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

David admitted suffering a sprained ankle in the team’s 94-86 setback to San Miguel Beer on the road, but believes he’s still good enough to play more than the seven-minute stint he had on the floor against the Road Warriors.

‘El Granada’ failed to score on the time he was on the floor (0 for 1) and had three assists in the first half before watching the rest of the game from the bench.

“Maganda naman yung pakiramdam ko e, kaya hindi ko alam bakit hindi na ako ginamit nung second half,” said David, still considered one of the Bolts’ top gunners.

“Pero coach’s decision 'yun. Nirerespeto natin yun.”

What pained David was the fact the Bolts have been on a spiral of late, losing back-to-back games after winning their first five outings in the mid-season conference.

In both losses, David saw limited action, which pained him even more.

“Wala namang problema basta nananalo, kahit na ba 'yung playing time mo bawas ok lang,” he said. “Pero kapag natatalo, may problema.”

The 37-year-old former Gilas stalwart said he’s waiting for management or even from coach Norman Black and his staff to talk to him if there are any problems regarding his play as far as the team is concerned.

“Yun ang hinihintay ko, pero hindi nila ginagawa,” said the shooting guard out of Lyceum. “But I’ll just keep on playing. I’ve been in the league for 12 years, so tingnan na lang natin kung ano mangyayari. Baka may plano sila, baka wala na silang kumpiyansa sa akin.”

“Gagawin ko pa rin yung trabaho ko. Kung gamitin ako, ready lang. Kung hindi naman, support pa rin ako.”

David’s three-year contract with Meralco expires this August.

Asked if he has hurt feelings with his team, David snapped back, ‘(Ano) sa tingin mo sa mga sinabi ko?’ before excusing himself as he made his way out of the Big Dome.

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