HOW much Marc Pingris missed Gilas Pilipinas? A lot he says, that the veteran forward found time to briefly watch the national team on TV as it plays Iran at halftime of the Star-Blackwater PBA Governors Cup game Sunday.
SPIN.ph lensman Jaime Campos caught Pingris sitting in front of a tv set in a cramped room of the Smart Araneta Coliseum to catch the live game between the national team and the Iranians while his Hotshots teammates were warming up just before the second half of their game against the Elite.
Gilas won the game, 90-82, to wrap up its campaign in the 39th Jones Cup.
Oo naman. Sobra,” said Pingris when asked if he misses suiting up for the national team. “Kaya kahit anong paraan, kahit sa TV lang, pinapakita pa rin natin yung suporta sa national team.”
Pingris, 35, just came back from a month-long stay in the U.S. where he sought therapy to fast track the healing of his nagging hip injury. The former Gilas stalwart has not played in the last four months or since Game Seven of the Philippine Cup semifinals between Star and Barangay Ginebra.
The Star veteran said he still has another month of rehabilitation that will continue to keep him out of action at least for four to six months.
“Sabi kasi ng doctoc kailangan 100 percent ako bago ako bumalik. Ako nga gusting-gusto ko na nga e,” he said.
“Ayaw ko (doctor) kasi yung hindi ka 100 percent tapos sasakit ulit, tapos babalik ka ulit sa akin. Kaya gusto niya 100 percent. Tuloy lang yung workout.”
Being idle for a while, Pingris admitted gaining weight, although he expects to lose the extra poundage once he starts joining the team in practice.
At the moment, Ping said he helps the coaching staff handle Star’s big men.
“Tinuruan ko yung mga big man ng foot work, post moves. Nakikisabay ako doon,” he said. “So timing-timing na lang.”