Gary David: 'Utang ko yung career ko sa LPU'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 12, 2016 08:12 PM
Gary David: 'Utang ko yung career ko sa LPU'
GRATEFUL. For the first time in recent memory on live TV, Gary David was wearing the uniform of his alma mater LPU.

For the first time on live television in a long while, Gary David wasn’t wearing a Powerade, an Air 21, a Meralco, or a San Miguel jersey.

He wasn’t donned in Gilas Pilipinas or PBA All-Star colors, either.

Instead, “El Granada” turned back the clock more than two decades and was clad in the maroon and grey of Lyceum of the Philippines University.

David played for the Pirates in the early 2000s before becoming a PBL MVP and a PBA star. Expressing his emotions in representing his alma mater in the NCAA 92 Shooting Stars, he said, “Masaya ako na nakasuot ulit ako ng Lyceum jersey kahit All-Star lang.”

Even with a Most Improved Player award, numerous All-Star selections, and a long-time stint with the national team, the now 38-year-old remains grateful for the doors opened for him by LPU. As he put it, “Siyempre, dito tayo nanggaling. Utang ko yung career ko sa Lyceum.”

He then continued, “Kung ‘di dahil sa kanila, ‘di ako makakapasok sa PBA.”

Another current pro who made his return to the oldest collegiate league in the country was Globalport’s Marvin Hayes.

“Marvelous Marvin,” as he was fondly called back when he was with Jose Rizal University, was a former Mythical selection in the NCAA. Having returned to the league that gave him an opportunity to be selected 21st overall in the 2010 PBA Draft, he said, “Masaya na nakabalik ako sa NCAA. Na-miss ko yung court, na-miss ko yung lahat.”

He then continued, “Masayang-masaya ako sa pagkakataon na ‘to.”

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