MARC Pingris is not hesitant to return to practice even though there is still a threat of the coronavirus in the Philippines that can put him and his family at risk.
The Magnolia veteran expressed his eagerness to go back to the court and train in preparation for the possible resumption of the 2020 PBA season. Pingris admitted his wife Danica also had apprehensions but remains supportive of him going back to practice once the PBA gives the green light.
“Sinabihan na din ako ni Danica na mag-ingat din,” said Pingris in Cignal TV’s program Sportspage. “Pero kung pinatawag kami, trabaho din namin ‘yung magpunta [sa practice]. “Nakakamiss din talaga maglaro ng basketball. Alam ko naman na si Commissioner talaga, alam ko na ginagawa niya lahat para maging safe lahat ng players. Hindi naman basta-basta ito eh,” Pingris added.
The PBA has put together strict protocols in order to conduct its practices safely amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Training will be in batches of six – four players, one coach, and one health officer – once the PBA allows its teams to go back to practice.
The PBA is moving closer to its teams resuming its practices after the Joint Administrative Order of the Department of Health, Games and Amusements Board, and the Philippine Sports Commission was recently signed.
But the PBA said all players and essential personnel must undergo COVID-19 testing before returning to practice.
Pingris expressed confidence in the PBA leadership in its moves to make training a safe environment and protect the players from the virus.
“Nung nagkuwentuhan kami nila commissioner, kinakamusta niya ‘yung team, kinamusta nuya ‘yung family namin. For me, kapag tinanong talaga ako, nandoon ‘yung gusto mong bumalik and pray na lang talaga. Alam naman ni commissioner ‘yung sitwasyon ng buong Pilipinas at buong mundo. Makikita rin niya talaga kung go ba o hindi,” said Pingris.
“For me, kapag pinabalik kami, alam ni Danica ‘yan, ako game ako dahil namimiss ko na rin talaga ‘yung basketball,” Pingris said.