Marc Pingris Is Considering a PBA Comeback with Blackwater
Dioceldo Sy, the owner of Blackwater, finds himself at a crossroads in an unexpected turn of events. Initially, he had offered Marc Pingris a place as the team’s big man’s coach. Recent negotiations between Sy, Pingris, and Blackwater’s coach, Jeff Cariaso, have switched to the possibility of the PBA legend returning to the floor for the next 48th PBA season.
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Marc Pingris, 41, is no stranger to the spotlight in the PBA. He is a nine-time PBA champion and a 15-time All-Star, having spent most of his career with the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) franchise, whether Purefoods or San Miguel Beer. However, with B-Meg/Purefoods/Star, he flourished, playing a vital role in the team’s historic grand slam triumph in 2014 under former coach Tim Cone.
Pingris, often known as the “Pinoy Sakuragi,” announced his retirement from the PBA in 2021 owing to a reoccurring back problem. He has, however, continued to demonstrate his abilities by playing for Imus in the MPBL and staying in top physical shape.
According to Dioceldo Sy, Pingris stated his intention to return to the condition if he decides to make a comeback. “He mentioned that if he’s going to be part of the lineup, he’ll dedicate himself to rigorous conditioning for a month before the season starts,” Sy said.
The next PBA season begins on November 5, giving Pingris plenty of time to prepare if he decides to make a comeback.
Coach Jeff Cariaso, surprisingly, was the one who first suggested hiring Pingris as the big men’s coach, especially given Blackwater’s young and potential big men like Ato Ular and newcomers Christian David and Clifford Jopia.
As conversations and discussions continue, the PBA community awaits Marc Pingris’ decision with bated breath. Will he make a spectacular comeback to the court, adding another chapter to his illustrious career, or will he want to continue contributing from the sidelines? The only way to know is to wait and see.
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