PLAYING non-stop basketball for over a year now is also taking its toll on Marc Pingris.
But the energetic forward said this is not the time for him to feel tired, not with San Mig Coffee fighting for the championship of the PBA Governors' Cup opposite Petron.
“Pagod na rin ako, halos wala rin akong pahinga. Tuluy-tuloy ang basketball natin, e,” he related to Spin.ph on the eve of Game One of the best-of-seven Finals.
Not that he’s complaining, but Pingris said there are times when the effects of the constant banging and the wear-and-tear of playing for the Mixers and Gilas Pilipinas at the same time set in.
The national team played for almost every day during the 27th Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship in Manila, and he likewise did the same during the shortened schedule of the PBA’s season-ending conference.
Of the Gilas Pilipinas members, Pingris and Petron rookie June Mar Fajardo remain as the only ones playing in the Finals. The San Mig Coffee veteran however, logged heavy minutes playing for Gilas compared to the Petron freshman.
“Siyempre, tao rin lang naman tayo, napapagod din,” said Pingris.
But he easily forgets the fatigue with the thought of the Mixers zeroing in again on yet another championship.
“Parang na-reward mo na `yung sarili mo nung makapasok ka sa Finals, what more kung manalo pa ng championship,” said the son-in-law of celebrated TV host and comedian Vic Sotto.
Eating and sleeping are the only ways Pingris compensates his tired body.
“Tulog lang at kain,” he said. “Tsaka pahinga talaga.”
Asked if he feels burnout from playing, Ping broke out with a wide smile and said, “Wala naman. Mahal natin ang basketball.”