Pirates' cannons loaded with tips from 'El Granada'
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 25, 2015 08:16 AM
STAR-STUDDED. Lyceum's coaching staff includes three PBA veterans in head coach Topex Robinson and assistants Gary David and Rommel Adducul. Alumnus Chico Lanete also sits right at the back of the bench when he watches games.
Two weeks ago, when Shaq Alanes buried what he said was the first game-winner of his life, the Lyceum of the Philippines University guard gave all the credit to one person: Gary David.
"Sobra-sobrang laking tulong ni coach Gary. Ibang klaseng kumpyansa na Gary David yung nagtuturo ng shooting mo," Alanes told ABS-CBN Sports. The 37-year-old David is still contributing for the Meralco Bolts, but has also taken up a new challenge as assistant coach for his alma mater starting this season.
According to "El Granada" himself, his primary task is to work with the Pirates on their shooting. "Bale ang role ko rito, tinitignan ko yung shooting form nila tapos binibigyan ko ng advice," he said.
More than shooting, however, David said he joined Topex Robinson's staff because he felt it was time to start passing on all the wisdom he has gained through his career. "Bilang player, 'di mo kailangang ipagkait yung mga natutunan mo. Ngayon, kahit matagal pa naman ako bago mag-retire, kailangan ko nang ipasa yun sa next generation," he said.
While still busy with other commitments, the Meralco Bolt said he appreciated Robinson's belief that he can make a difference, even with the little amount of time he can offer. "'Di pa ako full-time, pero sabi ni Topex, basta nasa bench, basta makapuntang practice kung kaya, malaking bagay na yun," he said.
He then added, "Tiwala siyang makakatulong ako. Siyempre, tatanggihan mo ba yun?"
Asked about the most famous member of his coaching staff, Robinson echoed David's statements by saying, "Kahit anong matulong, siyempre Gary David yun. When you talk about Lyceum, siya na yun e. He's the King Pirate."
David’s newfound role may just pave the way for other active PBA players to be able to give back to their alma maters.
For now, however, College of St. Benilde alumnus Sunday Salvacion and Emilio Aguilnaldo College product Ronjay Buenafe are keeping coaching far from their minds.
“Sa ngayon, busy pa rin kasi sa practice. Pero kung may game naman sila, kung hindi ako makakapunta, at least mapapanood sa TV,” Blackwater sniper Salvacion said.
Globalport gunner Buenafe stated in a separate interview, “’Di ko pa iniisip ngayon kasi busy pa sa career.”
Still, both active PBA players are keeping their minds open as Buenafe added, “Pero eventually siguro. Nakilala rin naman ako dahil din sa EAC.”
For Salvacion, an assistant coaching position would make him happy. “Tignan natin pagdating ng panahon. Ako, kahit assistant coach, okay na okay na sa akin,” he said.
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