IT’S easy to see Stanley Pringle as the odd man out in the backcourt in this Rain or Shine reunion in the Asian Games-bound Philippine team.
But the high-octane GlobalPort slasher noted that through two practices, he’s had little to no difficulty blending in.
“I’m blending in real easy. They let me know everything,” he said.
Pringle also relishes working in an environment as competitive as this one, with the Elasto Painters known for pushing each other hard from practices to the games.
“With Rain or Shine, everytime we play them, it’s always a battle in the PBA. So I knew that when they said the Rain or Shine core will be in the team, that was the first thing that popped in my mind – the competitiveness,” he said.
“They play hard, they never back down, and it’s gonna be great. Just to jump in with them is gonna be a breeze for me.”
What helps in Pringle’s adjustment is the presence of coach Yeng Guiao, whom he’s had a chance to work with before during the league’s All-Star Week.
“Coach Yeng, he points me out where he needs me to be. He keeps it simple for me and for everybody. Even then, I remember that the plays were the same, and definitely, it was great playing with him then,” he said.
That’s why Pringle is feeling nothing but excitement as he gets a chance to don the national tri-colors, this time in the 5-on-5 game.
“Like I said at the 3x3 (World Cup), I’m one call away. They gave me a call and I was happy to let them know that I’m there,” he said as he looks to pick up where he left off in the 2018 Fiba 3x3 World Cup last June.
“I feel great. It’s always a blessing and honor to represent the country. Duty calls and I’m there everytime.”