Marc Pingris

Marc Pingris answers journalists' questions during the PBA 2019 Media Day. Photo by Tristan Tamayo /

MANILA, Philippines – Marc Pingris has always been the heart and soul of all the teams in which he was, whether with Gilas or the Purefoods franchise.

His infectious energy has made him a memorable character in Filipino basketball, but power is on the rise and his body has sometimes failed to keep pace with his angry heart.

Pingris is well aware that he is not getting younger and is still recovering from his terrible knee injury, Pinoy Sakuragi thinks his intensity is already evident.

"I see Ian [Sangalang] as a person who will one day replace me, "Pingris said in the Philippines during the PBA press day on Thursday at the Solaire Resort and Casino.

Sangalang and Pingris are still different in some way since the latter is no longer a rickety player while the former is a more refined offensive player.

Pingris saw the heart in Sangalang and his 27-year-old teammate just needs to work on these little extras.

"He just needs to have a bit more experience and by experience, I mean he should have some kind of bad average because Ian is a really nice person," said Pingris, 37, who is often showing tenacity on the basketball court.

"But he's a hard working guy and he can compete with players bigger than him."

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