MANILA – Marc Pingris and the rest of the Gilas squad aren’t threatened by the French team they will be up against in a mini-tournament in Antibes, France on Saturday.
Pingris, who is half-French, doesn’t mind matching up against France, which is made up of several NBA players, including Portland’s Nicolas Batum, Indiana’s Ian Mahinmi and San Antonio’s Boris Diaw.
“Laro lang, ‘di naman ako mag-isa maglalaro. Lima kami, so usap na lang sa depensa sa loob,” Pingris told Richard Dy of Spin.ph.
The face-off will serve as an opener of the 2014 Antibes International Basketball Tournament at the Azur Arena.
Pingris said they are excited to show play in front of Pinoy fans in France.
“Nandito kami para maglaro at ipapakita namin sa mga Pinoy dito na lalaban kami kahit sino kaharap namin,” he said.
Pingris said he inspired to play, after meeting with his father whom he hadn't seen in 2 years.
“Masaya ako bro kasi two years din na hindi kami nagkita, at isa pa, natuwa ako dahil sa France pa ginawa yung game,” he said in a separate interview with the Philippine Star.
Jean Marc, Sr., together with his wife Francoise, came all the way from Normandy just to meet his son in Antibes.
Marc Sr. promised to cheer his son all the way to Seville, Spain at the FIBA World Cup.