Gary David, the high-scoring swingman of GlobalPort, scored only 10 points on a miserable 1-for-8 shooting clip from the field and the Batang Pier suffered a sound beating against the Petron Blaze Boosters, 110-81, on Sunday night.
The 6-foot-2 pride of the Lyceum of the Philippines was not in his usual element against the Boosters.
David, whose name has been mentioned in trade talks the past few days, couldn’t get his game going despite playing 31 minutes.
BJ Manalo, team manager of GlobalPort, believes David is being affected by this trade talk.
“Nung mga nakaraang games naming, kahit 1-7 na record namin, lumalaban pa rin yung team at maganda nilalaro ni Gary at ng ibang players,” Manalo told InterAKTV in an exclusive interview.
“Dito mo makikita yung pagiging tao nila na somehow na-apektuhan din sila sa mga ganitong balita.”
Despite the team losing nine of 10 games, GlobalPort head of basketball operations Erick Arejola assured that management remains patient and is committed to keep David, the cornerstone of the team’s offense.
“On our side, wala kaming balak talagang i-trade si Gary. We intend on keeping him and build the team around him,” said Arejola.
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