PBA All-Star 2019: Pingris unsure about suiting up for North; but assures dance performance

Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2019 09:33 AM | Updated as of Apr 01 2019 02:30 AM

Marc Pingris still shows up in the 2019 PBA All-Star in Calasiao despite nursing an injury. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

CALASIAO, Pangasinan -- If the decision will be left to him, Marc Pingris will opt to play for the North team in the All-Star game. 

But it is not in his hands. 

Injured Marc Pingris admitted on Saturday he is still uncertain if he can get a clearance from his doctor to suit up in the game against South team for the 2019 PBA All-Star Weekend at the Calasiao Sports Complex. 

Pingris has not yet played in the league for a year already after suffering an ACL injury. 

“Pag-uusapan muna namin ni Doc kung pwede. Pero [kung] sakin lang talaga, gusto ko maglaro kahit hindi 100%,” Pingris said before the press in a luncheon. 

The Magnolia Hotshots’ power forward is eager to give back the support given to him by the fans. He revealed his backup plan should he not be able to play on Sunday. 

“Kung hindi naman, mamimigay na lang siguro ako ng sando,” told Pingris. “Para mapakita ko rin naman sa kanila na talagang gusto kong suklian yung ginawa nila sakin.”

This will be Pingris’ 15th time to grace the All-Star festivities. 

The Pinoy Sakuragi was initially surprised upon receiving the news that he was voted by the PBA fans to be included in the All-Star. 

“Nung sinabihan ako na kasama ako sa All-Star, akala ko nagjo-joke lang sila. Bakit naman e hindi naman ako naglalaro tsaka baka hindi ako makapaglaro? Nung sumulat sakin si Commissioner ng PBA na part ako sa All-Star, happy talaga. Sobrang saya,” Pingris narrated. 

The native of Pozzorubio, Pangasinan thanked all the fans who voted for him despite missing in the basketball picture for one year.

“Nakaka-touch na marami pang fans na nakakakilala sa akin. Tapos, Pangasinan pa so sobrang blessed lang talaga,” Pingris said. 

Fortunately for the fans, Pingris will join Arwind Santos of San Miguel Beermen to lead the North in the dance floor.

“Hindi mawawala samin ni Arwind ‘yun. Nag-usap na nga kami kanina sa sasayawin natin. Sobrang happy talaga na part pa rin ako rito.”

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