DIGOS CITY - San Mig Coffee forward Marc Pingris said PBA All-Star Week is neither the time nor the place to stoke a playoff rivalry with Alaska’s bruising rookie Calvin Abueva.
The 6-6 Pingris, who had some strong words for Abueva at the end of Alaska's 86-67 Game Two victory in their PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinal series on Sunday, said his goal here is to connect with his teammates at Gilas Pilipinas and not to settle a grudge with the Aces freshman.
“Ceasefire muna,” Pingris told Spin.ph, when asked about his verbal tussle with Abueva shortly after Gilas' arrival in this southern city on Friday.
Pingris and Abueva's paths are inevitably bound to cross on All-Star Week since the San Mig star is part of the Gilas team that will play Abueva and his fellow All-Stars in a game that forms part of the Nationals' preparation for the Fiba-Asia Men's Championship this August.
Abueva is also a teammate in the PBA selection of Pingris' teammate James Yap, who had hit out at the former NCAA MVP for alleged flopping and rough play.
All players also mingle in various appearances and functions.
However, Pingris said whatever differences exist between them should be better forgotten - for the meantime.
“Yung tungkol kay Abueva, sa Game Three na iyan. Basta kami namang mga players, laro lang, wala namang personalan, trabaho lang iyan,” he said.
What Pingris looks forward to is bonding with his teammates at Gilas, being a first-timer in the team.
“Dito na rin kasi magsisimula yung samahan namin (Gilas). First time ko din kasi sila makakasama kaya excited ako,” said the San Mig veteran forward.
San Mig and Alaska resume their semifinal series on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.