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    Star banger Marc Pingris' wish on 34th birthday: another PBA championship

    Oct 17, 2015
    Marc Pingris is longing for another PBA title a year after the Star Hotshots' grand slam. Photo from Fiba.com

    MARC Pingris had only a few wishes for his birthday.

    “Good health lang naman at walang injury sa game, at mag-champion ulit,” the Star forward smiled in a short chat with Spin.ph on Saturday after practice, a day after he turned 34.

    Pingris, more than a year removed from his last championship, is well aware it will take a lot more than just prayers for his last wish to come true.

    After all, the Hotshots are embarking on a whole new journey under a rookie coach in Jason Webb, who is trying to fill the big shoes of predecessor Tim Cone.

    “Syempre naninibago kami dahil new coach at new system,” Pingris, an eight-time league champion said. “Pero kailangan namin maglaro para sa pamilya namin eh, so gagawin namin ulit yung kailangan naming gawin: kailangan namin magtrabaho.”

    “Nakukuha ko na yung sistema ni coach Jason, pero hindi pa hundred percent,” added the 11-year veteran, who played under Cone's triangle offense for four years. “May mga bagay pa talaga na gapang pa ako.”

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    It’s understandable as Pingris has had only three full practices under Webb, having been with Gilas Pilipinas for a month before that.

    “Marami pa ako kailangan i-adjust sa kanya at sa mga rookie and sa mga teammate ko,” said the 6-foot-4 big man, who leads a frontline that saw an upgrade with the addition of Jake Pascual and rookie Norbert Torres.

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    Pingris will have to assert his leadership right away as the Hotshots take on a physical Rain or Shine squad on Sunday.

    “Hindi naman mawawala sa kanila yung physical game eh,” Pingris said. “Kilala naman natin sila: laging agresibo sa pag-score, so kailangan agresibo rin yung defense namin.”

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    Marc Pingris is longing for another PBA title a year after the Star Hotshots' grand slam. Photo from Fiba.com
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