Marc Pingris couldn’t help but feel emotional after signing a two-year extension with his mother team, the old Purefoods franchise now called as the Magnolia Star Hotshots.
Already at the twilight of his career, Pingris has been riddled by injuries the past few years and missed the chance of playing during his team’s championship run in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.
He never expected that he’ll be given a two-year extension.
“Napaiyak nga ako eh,” Pingris told FOX PH. “Akala ko matatapos na yung playing career ko. Pero mabuti at nabigyan pa ako ng pagkakataon.”
The two-year deal, according to Pingris, will serve as a make or break for him as he wants to see how far his body can go.
“Papakiramdaman ko muna. Hindi ko pa masabi kung last two years ko na talaga, pero masaya talaga ako na pinagkatiwalaan pa ako ng management na bigyan ng two years para maglaro,” added Pingris.
The 37-year-old bared that he has no regrets on being unable to play for months, except for the fact that he unaable to help his team. A knee injury sidelined him and caused him to miss the team’s latest title run.
Known for his hard work and determination to win, his all-out intensity in practices and actual games took its toll on his body.
“Wala rin kasi akong pakialam sa laro, basta buhos lang talaga ako every game, dive ako ng dive sa bola or hahabulin yung tao sa depensa or kukuha ng rebound,” said Pingris.
“Ang problema rin kasi sa akin, masyado akong masipag, sa workout, sa ensayo,” added Pingris. “Kaya nga si (wife) Danica, sinasabihan ako parati, magpahinga ka naman.”
The downtime, however, served as a blessing in disguise for Pingris, who was able to spend more time with his family and to tend to his other businesses.”Medyo natutukan ko yung mga negosyo ko,” added Pingris.
Still, the hardwood remains as Pingris’ sanctuary and he cannot wait to get back.
The many-time all-defensive team member and nine-time PBA champion assured fans of what to expect from him once he plunges back to action.
“Buhos pa rin ako every game. Kung ano yung dating laro, yun pa rin ang makikita nila sa akin. Ayaw kong ma-disappoint ang mga fans,” he added.