If given a choice, Star forward Marc Pingris would like to finish his illustrious PBA career with the Purefoods franchise.
Pingris, who turns 35 this October, is at the tailend of his contract with the Hotshots.
His contract expires this August.
Asked about his plans for the future, the many-time PBA All-Defensive team member said that will all depend on the Hotshots management.
“Kung ako tatanungin mo, gustong gusto ko mag-retire na sa Star, pero nasa kanila (management) na iyan eh. Ako lang naman, sana dito na ako magtapos kasi dito na rin naman tayo nakilala at dito na rin ako nanalo ng Grand Slam,” Pingris told FOX Sports.
The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay has actually won eight league championships, seven with the Purefoods franchise and one with San Miguel Beer during the 2009 Fiesta Conference.
A crowning jewel on Pingris’ pro career was the 2014 season which saw Star, then known as San Mig, win a Grand Slam under coach Tim Cone.
Pingris said he understands that Star is slowly transitioning to younger players after adding several younger players over the past few seasons like Alex Mallari, Justin Melton, Yousef Taha, along with rookies Norbert Torres and Mark Cruz.
But he believes he can still contribute despite the fact that he’s already advancing in age.
“Sa akin kasi, nasa attitude na lang ng player iyan. As a player, kung pagod ka, after practice, maganda umuwi ka at magpahinga, hindi yung gumimik or magpuyat,” shared the son-in-law of veteran Filipino actor and film producer Vic Sotto.
Pingris said NLEX Fil-Tongan Asi Taulava’s longevity has been an inspiration for him, hoping that by the time he retires at 38, he’ll still be able to contribute decently for his team.
“Siguro puwede na ako mag-retire in four years time, eh malay mo, parang si Asi Taulava lang ako na makalaro pa kasi nasa disiplina na rin lang talaga iyan,” he added.
But before thinking too far ahead, Pingris said the most important thing he needs to do at this point is to help the Hotshots get off their Commissioner’s Cup slump.
“Kailangan na naming manalo kaya ako din, kailangan naming pagsipapagan sa depensa,” stressed Pingris, whose team shoots for its first win against NLEX in Binan, Laguna. – By Richard Dy
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