David a Gilas five shoo-in; Reyes may tap ‘El Granada’


MANILA, Philippines — Gary David is just a phone call away from sweating it out in the training camp of Smart Gilas Pilipinas II.

The sharp-shooting David, Powerade’s Best Player of the Conference in the Philippine Cup, said he wouldn’t think twice accepting an invitation from the national five after Smart Gilas head coach Chot Reyes expressed interest to get him aboard.

The league’s hottest hand chatted briefly with Reyes during a chance meeting at a recent Coca-Cola function and was told that he should be physically equipped to grind it out with the national team.

“I’m used to getting exhausted and I love the challenge,” said the indefatigable David, nicknamed “El Granada” who has scored at least 24 points for 16 straight games, a phenomenal streak that started in the previous conference.

“He (Reyes) promised to give me a call.”

David had 29 points in a 94-82 Powerade victory over Meralco on Sunday night after exploding for 32 against Rain or Shine. The explosive show earned him the Accel-PBA Player of the Week honors.

An eight-year veteran, David has gone through so much just to get noticed.

He was an underrated superstar despite steadily improving his numbers since his early Air21 Express days (2005-06 season) and collecting numerous awards along the way. He was snubbed twice by the national team, which fielded PBA stars twice, in the 2007 and 2009 Fiba Asia Championship.

David also was ignored by Smart Gilas I, which tapped four PBA stars in the Asian championship last year, even after topping the scoring charts of the pro league.

“It’s the national team and I’m ready to play for the country anytime,” said David, 33, whose only stint with the PH five came in the 2003 Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.

Smart Gilas operations manager Butch Antonio said the coaching staff would sit down with PBA commissioner Chito Salud to determine the extent of the league’s participation in the national team’s preparations.

Three continental spots for the 2014 Fiba World Championship in Spain are available in the coming Fiba Asia Championship.

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  • Anonymous

    kung ako kay gary david hndi nko sasali dyan,,kc mas mgkakaroon ng chance ang TNT na mghari-harian sa PBA…nung nkalaban nila Powerade sa finals,,ang yyabang na,,andun pa c gary d sa pow,,e d lalo na kung wla sya…saka kung ako sa PBA,,ialis na lang nila ung buong team ng TNT at un ang isali as Smart Gilas,,,tutal all-star naman ung line-up nila e..e d cla na lang..hndi pa kailngang mg-jell kc mtagal n cla mgkakasama…

    • Zesar Ian Caspe

      hindi kasi siya katulad mo na PBA lang ang nasa isip… 

  • 7 iron

    ok yan kesa k king james.

  • Anonymous

    sana pag naglaro si gary david sa team pilipinas e wag na syang humalik sa braso nya pag freethrow. baka sabihin ng mga kalaban e pa-cute na nga yung coach e pa-cute pa yung player. naku po! bwahaha

  • snifruz

    i think gary david still has it. ika nga, the more you looked down on person, the more he becomes  fiercer and stronger…so go david, kaya mo yan, ipagpatuloy mo ang cinderella story baka pilipinas pa ang magpatumba sa mga malalaking bansa (ng basketball) sa asya…

  • Anonymous

    at least gilas is resurrecting. it’s the only team that unites the nation save for pacquiao fights. i’m looking forward to the gilas games again just like last year when i spent sleepless nights after losing to jordan and south korea.

  • arnold caballero

    give him the chance..his will to shoot is important.. in the PBA..except for Larry Fonacier..there is not much of a pure shooter …

  • jj

    Sorry to say..despite David’s recent performances in the PBA, I feel he may not make a major impact in international play..his spot may be best served for a younger, bigger and a better all around player…

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