By WAYLON GALVEZMagnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok veteran forward Marc Pingris is already out for the season because of a left knee injury, but it doesn’t mean he’s out leading his beloved team.
Pingris, the heart and soul of the Hotshots, showed again what his team means to him as posted a heartfelt message that accompanies a photo of him in crutches and his teammates on his Instagram account when he made a surprise visit last Tuesday during the team’s practice session at the Ronac Gym in San Juan.
“Parang isang bundok na mataas ang inaakyat nyo ngayon mahirap matarik mabangin nakakauhaw nakakapagod,” said the 6-foot-6 Pingris on his IG @jeanmarc15 Wednesday.
Pingris, of course, likens his team’s situation to climbing a mountain.
Aside from playing against a tough semifinal opponent in NLEX, Magnolia is missing the services of Pingris due to a torn ACL – or Anterior Cruciate Ligament – he sustained in Game 1 of the Final Four playoffs last Saturday.
Pingris, 35, had surgery under Dr. Raul Canlas and his full recovery is set 6-8 months. The reward of success, according to Pingris, is unmeasurable.
“Pero naakyat nyo naman ang tuktuk ng bundok na yan makikita nyo ang tanawin na maganda masarap tignan masarap ang simoy ng hangin masarap matulog,” said Pingris.
“Ang gusto ko lang sabihin dito is kunin nyo ang pangarap nyo mahirap pero pag may dasal at workhard sa huli masarap ang pakiramdam dahil ginawa nyo ang lahat kahit mahirap,” added Pingris, who included the hashtags #pusongmagnoliatayo #family #brotherhood #Godisgood #pinoysakuragi15 on his IG post.
The two teams split the first two games of the series, as NLEX won Game 1, 88-87, but Magnolia bounced back with a 99-84 victory in Game 2 last Monday.