If there's anything that should make Stanley Pringle feels good about being traded to Barangay Ginebra is the chance to finally win a championship.
Pringle attended his first practice with Ginebra on Wednesday -- a day after he became a King-- with the promise to do the best he could to make a significant impact to his new team.
"I just need to learn the offense and figure out how to help the team and everything's gonna work out. I have faith that everything's gonna work out and it will be fine after a while," said Pringle, who was dealt by NorthPort to the league's crowd favorite team in exchange for veteran guard Sol Mercado, veteran forward Jervy Cruz and wingman Kevin Ferrer.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone said Pringle brings a new dimension to the team and couldn't wait to see his new recruit in action.
"There's a lot of nice things to think about. We try to envision something like Scottie bringing down the floor, having Justin on the right side, having Stanley on the left side with the offense that he has and our big guys running the floor," Cone said.
"Hopefully, that vision will be realized and we move forward and give it a chance to win a championship."
Cone can count on it.
That's because Pringle's acquisition has just transformed the defending Commissioner's Cup champion into a super team that includes LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Justine Brownlee and Jared Dillinger.
Pringle, the top pick overall in the 2014 Draft, has not won a championship in his five years with the Batang Pier. The drought could end this year.
But the 2015 Rookie of the Year is not counting on it. Not just yet.
"Right now, it's all about the small steps. I got to learn first the offense and fit in with my new teammates, get a feel for everybody and gel with the team. That's my focus right now, step-by-step," Pringle said. (JT).