GARY David is not making any statement with the way he is performing for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba-Asia Cup in Wuhan, China.
The high-scoring Meralco guard is so far proving to be the most consistent player in the team by averaging 13 points and four rebounds in Gilas’ first two wins against Chinese Taipei and Singapore.
And David was quick to point out that he’s playing well not to make up for his lackluster performance with Gilas in last year’s FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship in Manila.
And neither is he getting back at those critics who questioned his inclusion in the team.
“Wala naman sa akin `yung sinasabi nila. Basta ako lumalaro lang at binibigay ko ang lahat sa bayan,” David said in an interview with Spin.ph shortly after the national team’s lunch on Tuesday.
“Ako naman ilalaro ko lang laro ko. Hindi ko naman ini-expect na ano (shoo-in ako sa lineup). Mas maganda kung mapapasabak ka. Pero ako kasi, ni-ready na ni coach (Chot Reyes) 'yung mind namin na pool kami, anumang desisyon sa amin, okay kami,” he said.
“Accepted namin lahat. Basta ako hangga’t may opportunity at may tsansa na lumaro para bansa, hindi ako affected. Saka hindi rin naman ako masyadong nagbabasa.”
A three-time PBA scoring champion, David said he simply wants to step up in the absence of top Gilas gunners Larry Fonacier, Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood, and Jimmy Alapag, who along with forward Marc Pingris were given a rest by coach Chot Reyes for the Fiba-Asia Cup.
“Kailangan lang natin maglaro ng maayos kasi tulad ngayon na wala sila Jeff at Larry, kailangan talaga mag step-up. Wala naman akong gustong patunayan,” he said laughing.
“Wala naman na akong dapat patunayan, ako basta’t andito sa Gilas, masaya na ako maglingkod sa bansa. Hindi ko na lang pinapansin ang mga kritiko ko, masisira lang laro ko,” added David, while stressing that negative comments from fans only makes him more motivated.