MARC Pingris hopes Yousef Taha had learned his lessons well.
The Purefoods veteran said the two-game suspension meted on Yousef Taha should help the youthful slotman control his emotions during games.
While he completely understands Taha that is an intense player, Pingris said he also has to learn to control his emotions especially in games that are physical such as the one he got involved in against Rain or Shine import Rick Jackson during a tune-up match prior to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“Bata pa naman si Yousef eh. Saka magma-mature na din siya pag napagdaanan na niya yung ganun (suspension and fines),” Pingris told Spin.ph on Thursday following the team’s practice at Ronac gym.
Aside from the two-game suspension that made him miss the Hotshots’ first two games in the midseason tournament, Taha was also made to pay a hefty fine of P60,000.
“Di talaga kami nakapag-usap ng matindi, pero pinag-sabihan din siya ni coach (Tim Cone),” Pingris said of Taha following the incident with Jackson.
“Nasabi ko lang sa kanya (Taha) na okay lang 'yang paglaban mo dahil nasaktan ka. Pero next time, pag mag-semis at Finals, di mo pwede gawin 'yan dahil pwede ka mawala sa laro.”
Pingris is not trying to be a saint, saying he also has his share of suspensions and fines in the past.
But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t changed or mellowed down.
“Ako, physical sa depensa, pero di naman ako 'yung tipo ng player na naniniko. Wala pa akong ginagawang ganun,” said the 33-year-old Gilas Pilipinas stalwart.
“Inaamin ko garapal ako dumepensa,” he added.
Taha is set to play his first game for Purefoods in the tournament opposite winless Blackwater on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.