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    Pingris not ready to play, admits emotional Gilas campaign took toll on him

    Aug 20, 2013

    IT could be a psychological ploy that, hopefully, would work wonders for the struggling San Mig Coffee five.

    Energetic forward Marc Pingris will finally suit up on Wednesday, but still won’t play in the team’s PBA Governors Cup game against Globalport at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The 6-foot-5 Pingris remains on leave with the team following the huge role he played in the runner-up finish achieved by Gilas Pilipinas in the 27th Fiba-Asia Championship.

    Obviously, the Mixers have missed the energy and hustle Pingris bring to the floor, resulting in back-to-back losses against Rain or Shine (75-79) and Air21 (82-93) for a 0-2 start in the season-ending conference.

    “Di pa ako lalaro, pinapunta lang ako ni coach (Tim) sa practice saka mag-suit up sa game,” Pingris told Spin.ph after the team cancelled its Tuesday afternoon practice at the Ronac gym during to tropical storm Maring.

    “Mas okay na sila na lang muna maglaro kasi baka magkalat lang ako,” added the big man out of PSBA with a big smile.

    Pingris admitted he has yet to fully recover from the pressure – both mentally and physically – of helping Gilas Pilipinas book a berth to the 2014 Fiba-World Cup in Spain.

    The soft-spoken son-in-law of veteran host and comedian Vic Sotto said he’s also recovering from a food poisoning incident that led to his confinement in a hospital.

    “Baka siguro after na ng Talk ‘N Text game ako makalaro. Para mas maka-pahinga,” explained the 31-year-old.

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