Saturday, February 4, 2012

David shrugs off Powerade sale reports

source: Jaemark Tordecilla | InterAKTV

Powerade Tigers superstar Gary David has heard rumors about the possible sale of the franchise, but he remains unperturbed.

“Hindi ko na iniisip yun,” said David, who led the Tigers to a Cinderella run in the recently-concluded Philippine Cup, where he was named Best Player of the Conference.

“Ma-di-distract lang ako ‘pag inisip ko yun.”

Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. on Friday denied a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the Powerade franchise has been sold back to San Miguel Corporation.

SMC used to own part of CCBPI before selling its stake late in 2006. The PBA franchise was part of the sale.

But terms of that transaction dictate that SMC retains right of first refusal to buy the PBA team if ever CCBPI decided to sell the franchise, leading to the persistence of rumors about the possible sale.

David, who is set to sign a three-year, P15.1-million extension with the Tigers, said that he isn’t letting the rumors get to him, instead focusing on the team’s upcoming Commissioner’s Cup campaign.

“Marami pang i-le-level up ang team,” he said, adding that the Powerade’s import will address the team’s weaknesses in the front court.

The Tigers have tapped NBA veteran Dwayne Jones, a big man who once led the NBA D-League in rebounding, to reinforce the squad in the Commissioner’s Cup, which imposes no height limit for imports.