MARC Pingris is making the most of his nine-day break from basketball before rejoining Gilas Pilipinas' buildup for the Fiba World Cup in Spain and Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
After playing basketball almost non-stop since the final quarter of 2012, the San Mig star took the time to bring his family to Baguio City for some much-deserved rest and recreation after the Mixers' grand slam season.
“Grabe nga ang pagka-antukin ko ngayon, sobrang ina-antok ako kaya nag-decide ako na dalhin pamilya ko sa Baguio,” Pingris told Spin.ph from the country's premier vacation hideaway.
The energetic San Mig forward is coming off a stretch that saw him help Gilas to a runner-up finish in the Fiba-Asia championships in Manila in August then star in San Mig's run to four successive PBA championships, including just the fifth season grand slam in league history.
Pingris saw action in a total of 68 games, the most he has played in his 10-year PBA career, where he averaged 9.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 32.7 minutes of play.
That's the reason he doesn't intend to even touch a basketball during his nine-day break, although the former PSBA Jaguar plans to jog and hit the gym to keep himself in shape, before rejoining Gilas’ tight buildup starting next week.
“Basta pagsisipagan ko lang ngayon saka magpapakundisyon,” he said.
After skipping the ongoing Fiba Asia Cup in Wuhan, China to rest his battered body, Pingris is expected to suit up in Gilas' two exhibition matches against NBA stars led by Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard on July 22 and 23.
Gilas then leaves for a training camp in Miami, Florida from July 25 to August 7 before shifting to a nine-game run of exhibition matches in Vittoria, Spain.