Welcome back Ping, we sure missed you
Paul Lintag on Aug 25, 2017 01:18 PM
Marc Pingris is finally back from hip injury.
Marc Pingris played his first basketball minutes on Wednesday for the first time in about five months.
Following a hip injury and a lengty rehad process that's still not completely done, Ping was able to play two minutes against Phoenix as Star was wrapping up a 19-point win.
While the move was designed to help Pingris get back on game shape, the decision to field him during garbage time was mostly for the fans who were waiting for him to return since last conference.
"Sabi niya [coach Victolero] sakin 'gusto mo maglaro?'" Pingris said.
"Sinabi ko sa kanya na 'coach, pakonti-konti lang, wag mo ko bibiglain.' Alam ni coach yun player din siya eh. Alam niya yung pakiramdam na may injury ka," he added.
The veteran forward only played two minutes in his return game, but after a long way back, two minutes was more than enough.
The Star faithful didn't mind the time as well, Pingrs is back and that's all that matters.
"Kanina sobrang natutuwa rin ako sa mga fans na kahit two minutes lang yung nilaro ko, talagang pinapalakpakan ako," Ping said.
"Sobrang miss na miss nila ako. Sobrang miss na miss ko rin yung liga natin. I'm happy na pakonti-konti lang, nakakabalik naman ako kahit paano," he added.
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