Gary David says first SMB meeting against former team Meralco 'like any other game'
Gary David says he has moved on since his bitter exit at Meralco. Jaime Campos

GARY David is treating San Miguel’s PBA Governors Cup match against Meralco on Wednesday just like any other game - no drama, no frills, none whatsoever.

The veteran shooting guard said he hardly holds any grudge or feel rancor against his former team despite the circumstances surrounding their bitter parting of ways.

Four months since David was meted a disciplinary action by the Bolts when he was left unprotected on the free agent list, their paths cross for the first time as the defending champion San Miguel collides with Meralco in the main game of a doubleheader at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen were quick to the draw in enlisting David's services when the Bolts placed him on the free agency list.

The vocal player that he is, ‘El Granada’ said the issue between him and Meralco, which blew up in the middle of the Commissioner’s Cup, is water under the bridge.

“Oo wala na yun, tapos na yun,” he said. “Nagkikita pa rin kami ng mga (dating) teammates ko. Nagte-text pa rin kami.”

Asked if there’s anything to look forward to between him and the Bolts in the 7 p.m. encounter, he said with a loud laugh, ‘Yun ang abangan ninyo.’

But truth to tell, in the short time that he has been a Beerman, the former Gilas stalwart said he has learn to quickly accept being a role player to San Miguel’s resident gunner Marcio Lassiter, who incidentally, once served as his back-up as a rookie during their days with Powerade.

“Ok ako sa role na ganun, at least pine-preserve ko siya,” he said about his off-the-bench role as Lassiter’s replacement.

While playing minutes turned out to be the root cause of his fallout with the Bolts, he has no issue whatsoever with the Beermen regarding playing time.

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“Hindi mo na hinahanap yung more minutes na maglaro diyan kasi mga bata talaga `yung kapuwestuhan ko,” he said, mentioning the likes of Ryan Arana and Alex Cabagnot other than Lassiter.

“Masaya ngayon dahil talented talaga ang San Miguel.” 

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