No shame in being team enforcer, Pingris reminds young bigs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 20, 2020 01:09 PM
No shame in being team enforcer, Pingris reminds young bigs
Marc Pingris takes pride in bringing the attitude for Magnolia

Marc Pingris has long stood as one of the pillars for Magnolia's continued contention.

Even before they were the Magnolia Hotshots, however, Pingris has also been the so-called enforcer for the Star Hotshots, Purefoods Star, San Mig Coffee Mixers, B-Meg Llamados, and Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Those were all team names for one franchise.)

And so, even before he was backing up the likes of Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon, he was backstopping names such as James Yap and Peter June Simon.

Since Day 1, the 6-foot-5 forward has always accepted his role. "Pag may naninira kay James, ako ang nagiging kuya, ako ang humaharap. 'Di baleng ma-technical ako, wag lang siya," he said in an online learning session with four young bigs a week ago.

He then continued, "Importante siya sa laro, importante siya (Yap) sa amin. (Naalala ko nga), natalo kami ng Sta. Lucia sa Finals dati kasi nawala siya dahil sa technical."

Relishing in their role as steady bigs for their respective teams is the advice Pingris hopes Kemark Carino puts into practice in San Beda University, CJ Catapusan in the University of the Philippines, Kevin Quiambao in Nazareth School of National University, and Bismarck Lina in University of Sto. Tomas.

Make no mistake, though, that doesn't mean playing dirty. As he told the youngsters in the Zoom meeting initiated by GOAT Academy, "'Di ako yung player na nagta-trash talk. Sobrang aggressive, sobrang physical ko lang, pero hindi ako dirty player."

He then continued, "Never akong nauna. Pag sinaktan mo ako, dun kita sasakyan kasi natuto akong kailangan ding lumaban, wag lang magpa-bully."

The fledgling program has organized several online learning sessions that aim to connect pros with collegiate stars and let the former enrich the minds of the latter.

Even more, being team enforcer not only entails responding to actions by opponents, but also making sure the team's game plan is followed. "Ako, tinutulungan ko muna teammates ko - mga good screen para makatira nang maayos, mga rebound. Tulungan mo muna teammate mo, 'di mo alam, nakaka-10 points ka na rin pala," he said.

He then continued, "Ang ibang team kasi, naka-focus sa star player e so yung mga role player natulad ko, minsan napapabayaan."

In the end, the 16-year veteran wants to witness Carino make life easy for James Canlas and Calvin Oftana, Catapusan do the same for Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero, Quiambao do the same for Terrence Fortea and Gerry Abadiano, and Lina do the same for Rhenz Abando and CJ Cansino.

"Kailangan mo muna tulungan yung star ninyo," he shared. "Wag mo muna isipin yung sayo, yung sarili mo. Isipin mo muna, tulad ko, kung paano makaka-shoot si Paul Lee, paano makaka-shoot si James Yap."

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