If he had his way, Marc Pingris would love to see action in the battle between the North All-Stars and the South All-Stars that serves as the main event of the 2019 PBA All-Star Weekend in Calasiao, Pangasinan.
The Magnolia Hotshots forward said that it would be the best way for him to repay the trust given to him to be part of the festivities. Pingris was named as a reserve for the North All-Stars even if he’s still recovering from an ACL injury.
The 37-year-old hasn’t seen action since March 2018, or since that year’s Philippine Cup semifinals.
“Pag-uusapan muna namin ni doc kung pwede. Pero kung sa’kin lang talaga, gusto ko maglaro kahit ‘di one hundred percent. Gusto ko kasing suklian yung ginawa nila sa’kin kung bakit andito ako ngayon,” expressed the 15-time All-Star.
“Pero kung ‘di man, mamimigay na lang ako ng sando.”
Pingris admitted he hadn’t expected to take part in this year’s spectacle since fans haven’t seen him on the court for over a year now. Then a letter arrived, saying he had been included as a reserve.
“Nung sinabihan ako na kasama ako sa All-Star akala ko nagjo-joke lang sila. Sabi ko bakit naman kasi, eh hindi naman ako naglalaro, tsaka baka ‘di ako makapag-laro,” said Pingris.
“Pero nung sumulat si Commissioner na kasama at part ako ng All-Star, sobrang saya.”
But aside from giving back to those who made his selection possible, Pingris would also want to play in front of his fellow Pangasinenses. After all, Pingris is one of the most known cagers to come out of this province up North.
“Sa Pangasinan pa, hometown,” said the nine-time PBA champion, who’s a proud son of Pozzorubio. “Sobrang blessed lang talaga. Siguro galing na kay Lord yun.
“Yung pagmamahal ng mga fans, talagang naalala nila ako.”
Sonny Thoss calls it a day after 15 years in PBA
Yuka Saso recovers, end Tokai Classic at t-8th
Jimmy Alapag will come back: ‘This isn’t goodbye. It’s just see you again’
Ronald Mascariñas ups stake for 2020 Chooks-to-Go 3×3 season
SOURCES: Brent Paraiso leaves UST
SOURCES: Rhenz Abando, Ira Bataller leave UST
SOURCES: Fr. Jannel Abogado steps down as UST athletics director
Tab Baldwin praises NBTC program for bringing home Fil-fors
UAAP fetes gen champs, athlete-scholars, honors MVPs, second sem athletes
Chooks-to-Go donates 5,000 pcs of dressed chicken to CESAFI
Barangay Ginebra reunite in SMC HQ, pack PPEs for frontliners
Makati survives Ablaza injury, San Juan to force MPBL North Game Three
- AU3 days ago
Gentleman’s Agreement: NCAA schools not willing to take in Aldin Ayo
- DLSU3 days ago
Two-time UAAP Boys’ Best Setter Poquita goes to La Salle
- Basketball2 days ago
Nonoy, Cuajao debunk allegations of bad food, maltreatment in Bicol bubble
- Basketball3 days ago
Perpetual looking at Steve Tiu, Jerry Codinera as next Altas head coach