PBA: Pingris on basketball return: “Gusto ko magwala”

Paul Lintag on Jun 22, 2019 10:32 PM
PBA: Pingris on return: “Gusto ko magwala”
For the first time since Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, Ping made his official return to Magnolia Saturday, playing against Phoenix in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.

Marc Pingris was out for 473 days and missed 66 games for the Hotshots as he recovered from an ACL injury.

For the first time since Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, Ping made his official return to Magnolia Saturday, playing against Phoenix in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.

Pingris was on the court for almost eight minutes and missed his only shot at goal for zero points but he did have three rebounds.

More than his stats, it was the fact that he finally played a game again that got the veteran forward excited and emotional.

“Kagabi talagang inayos ko na gamit ko eh, excited talaga ako,” Pingris said.

“Kanina nung naglaro ako, parang gusto ko magwala eh. Parang gusto ko sumigaw, gusto ko kunin yung bola tsaka ibato. Nakakatuwa lang, nakaka-miss maglaro,” he added.

With a long road back to basketball, Pingris admitted there were times that he gave up, with a grueling rehab making him tap out multiple times.

But with support from his family, mainly his wife Danica, Ping was able to have enough strength and patience to get through and actually return after almost one and a half years of being out.

“Sa workout pa lang, yung five hours a day tapos one year mo ginagawa talagang nakaka-burn yun eh. Sobrang magsasawa ka,” Pingris said.

“Minsan give up na ako pero kinakausap ako ng wife ko, sobrang salamat ko sa kanya, sinasabihan niya ako na patient lang. Binibigay niya yung lakas ng loob ko,” he added.

Now that he’s actually back, Pingris will take things slow as regains his spot in Magnolia’s rotation.

“Kay coach na yun, kasi kailangan ko rin ipakita sa practice na karapat-dapat ako,” he said.

“Na-appreciate ko rin yung ibang big man namin sa team, time nila maglaro ngayon dahil ako ang tagal ko rin nawala sa team. Ayaw ko rin naman na pagdating ko aagawin ko lang playing time nila, makaka-sira sa team. Pinaghirapan nila yun eh, sa kanila yun,” Ping added.

 


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