KNOWN for his hard work and devil-may-care attitude, Marc Pingris is one player who doesn't mind getting hurt.
Late last year, Pingris suffered a broken bone in his waist area he sustained in Game 6 of the Star-Ginebra best-of-seven semi-finals series that sidelined him for five months.
Wednesday night's game against Kia Picanto was no exception for the many-time All-Defensive Team member, who suffered a cut near the kisser after an accidental hit by Jackson Corpuz.
Pingris quickly shrugged off the incident, knowing that it's all part of the game.
"Part naman ng game yan, hindi natin maiiwasan yang ganyan," said Pingris. "Pero pasalamat ako kay Lord na butas lang naman (yung labi)."
The former Gilas Pilipinas standout is no stranger to injury.
"Ang problema kay Ping kasi takaw aksidente eh," observed Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.
"Before New Year, nadulas rin yan, nagkaroon ng sugat tapos ngayon nagkaroon ulit ng sugat. Hopefully, yung 2018 maging maganda para sa kanya at maiwasan yung injuries."
For Pingris, neither injury nor a nasty cuts could stop him from playing all-out every game.
"Sa akin, OK lang. Every time na maglalaro ako at nagpupunta rito, nagpi-pray kami ni misis. It's part of the game. Basta you have to be ready. Hindi naman kagustuhan yung nangyari pero, back to work lang," added Pingris. (Rey Joble)