MARC Pingris admitted the departure of Allein Maliksi is a huge loss despite Star’s offense remaining potent in the 109-83 win over Globalport on Friday night in the absence of the streak shooter who was traded to Blackwater last week.
Asked if Maliksi is a big loss or the Hotshots can make up for his absence, Pingris balanced out the situation as he expects trade recipients Kyle Pascual and Bambam Gamalinda, as well as the other Hotshots locals to compensate for his absence.
“Parehas lang naman: malaking kawalan, pero kailangan namin mag-adjust,” Pingris said after their blowout win over the Batang Pier.
Pingris said Hotshots coach and former pro Chito Victolero gave them a talk about the uncertainties of being a PBA player.
“Ganyan ang buhay namin mga player eh,” Pingris said. “Kahit nga si coach, sinabi niya sa amin dati na trabaho ‘to eh, propesyunal tayo. Hindi niyo alam kung kailan kayo mate-trade, or kahit ako, kung kailan ako maaalis, parang ganun.”
“Basta ang importante, habang nandito tayo, gawin natin ang trabaho natin para sa pamilya natin,” he added. “Accept mo lang naman eh. Ang importante lang naman dyan, kundisyon katawan mo.”
“Ang nakakalungkot lang dun talaga, kami sa team kasi family kami eh, yung biruan namin, nagkikita talaga kami, lumalabas kami,” he continued. “Yun din yung nami-miss ni Allein.”
Pingris, himself, is no stranger to getting traded, as he was traded in the 2007-08 season from Purefoods to Magnolia where he spent a season and a half, before finding himself back with the Purefoods franchise.
“Kahit nung ako dati nung na-trade ako nung 2007 nung kay coach Ryan, pumunta ako ng San Miguel, hindi naman sumama yung loob ko eh,” Pingris said. “Talagang nakakalungkot lang dahil syempre yung samahan niyo, ganun.”
“Parang nakipag-break ka lang sa isang girlfriend mo tapos makakahanap ka rin ng bagong girlfriend,” he added. “Parang ganun yung feeling eh. Ganun lang naman talaga yung buhay eh, hindi mo talaga masasabi. Kailangan lang talaga magtrabaho ka.”
Pingris, though, believes Maliksi can grow more as a player – as well as build new friendships at Blackwater.
“Alam ko rin naman na makukuha rin niya yung playing time niya sa Blackwater, yung pakikisama niya sa ibang player dun,” Pingris said.