Ping: ''Di ako naniniwala sa talento, naniniwala ako sa puso'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 22, 2020 12:40 PM
Ping: 'Di ako naniniwala sa talento, naniniwala ako sa puso'
Marc Pingris has had a long career thanks to the extra effort and energy he brings game in and game out

Marc Pingris is a monster on the boards.

The 6-foot-5 forward is a well-known rabid rebounder - so much so that his moniker refers to the glass-eating Hanamichi Sakuragi of Slam Dunk fame.

The secret? Just like all the greats, Pingris said it begins and ends in practice. "No. 1, siyempre, box out. Tapos timing," he told four young bigs in an online learning session a week ago.

He then continued, "Sa practice magsisimula yun kasi ako, nag-eextra work ako sa boards. 'Di ko talaga pinapayagang ma-box out ako kasi gusto kong lumalaban ako, tumutulak ako. Pag pinaghihirapan mo yung ganun sa practice pa lang, madali na sa laro yun."

Indeed, the 16-year veteran has always drawn from his extra energy and effort to be able to stand strong against players with more talent.

And in his eyes, hard work and heart would always get the better of just talent. "'Di ako naniniwala sa talento, naniniwala ako sa puso, naniniwala ako sa hard work," he shared with San Beda University's Kemark Carino, the University of the Philippines' CJ Catapusan, Nazareth School of National University's Kevin Quiambao, and University of Sto. Tomas' Bismarck Lina in the Zoom meeting initiated by GOAT Academy.

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.

In that online learning session, Pingris narrated his humble origins - humble origins that granted him strong and sturdy roots in his rise to greater and greater heights. "Laki akong palengke, batang-palengke ako. Dun nagsimula lahat ng pagtitiyaga ko sa buhay," he said.

He then continued, "Nung binigyan ako ng opportunity na maglaro ng basketball, talagang pinursigi ko kasi iniisip ko kung anong buhay namin dati na araw ko nang balikan. Dahil dun, every time na naglalaro ako, binibigay ko yung best ko."

With that, the now-38-year-old hopes the youngsters take his advice to heart so that in the future, all of them would cross paths in the PBA. As he put it, "Gusto ko kayong makita sa PBA balang-araw. Hard work lang, guys. Maniwala kayo, wala sa talento yan, nasa puso yan."

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