MARC Pingris puts his faith in Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff even as he admits that he understands the outrage behind the decision to cut LA Tenorio and Calvin Abueva from the final roster.
Abueva's exclusion from Gilas' final 12, in particular, continues to stir debates online, and drew more jeers than cheers online from fans who felt 'The Beast' deserves to don the Philippine colors in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament from July 5 to 10.
Despite feeling sad about not playing alongside his Gilas brothers Abueva and Tenorio, Pingris added his voice to the call to unite and respect the decision of the coaching staff, who he said knows what's best for a squad that will face bigger teams like France and New Zealand in the OQT.
"Lahat kami dito nalulungkot sa pagkawala ni Calvin at LA sa team," said Pingris after Gilas' practice at the Mall of Asia Arena. "Siguro may nakita lang talaga si coach."
A veteran internationalist, Pingris reiterated that the decision was carefully thought about by the coaches, and the reasons have been made public so he doesn't see the need for comparisons between who made the team and who didn't as they are still all part of one brotherhood.
"Hindi ko naman pwede i-compare si Calvin kay Ryan (Reyes) or kay Troy (Rosario). Ang nakakaalam lang talaga nun si coach. May plano siya para sa amin," he said.
"Hindi porke wala na si Calvin at LA hindi na kami maglalaro ng mabuti or di na sila part ng family. Gilas pa rin sila. Kahit yung 24 na nag try out part pa rin. Malay mo next sila na ma-lineup, kami naman wala," Pingris added.
Gilas faces France and New Zealand in Group B while Canada, Turkey, and Senegal square off in Group A, with the top two teams from each group facing off in the crossover semis before the winners face off for the lone berth to Rio.