Brgy. Ginebra scoring dynamo Stanley Pringle is about to play in his very first-ever Finals in the PBA.
The 32-year old Fil-Am, who entered the league through NorthPort in 2014 as the top overall pick of that year’s rookie draft, is not leaving anything to chance and wants to be in tip-top shape once the battle against the Meralco Bolts for the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup title gets underway on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
“Definitely I’ll try to get my legs back as soon as possible. We got a little break,” said Pringle shortly after the Gin Kings dispatched of his former team in four games in the semifinal round of the season-ending conference.
“I think that would be the perfect amount of time to get my knee back. I expect everybody to be healthy and ready to go. So it should be an exciting finals,” he added.
With his first championship appearance coming after 6 long years, Pringle is thrilled at the opportunity and vows to give it all for his new team and its quest to reclaim the crown it surrendered last season to Manila Clasico rival Magnolia.
“It’s real big, it’s my first finals appearance. I’m going to give everything I have. They know that, my teammates know that. We’re going to be ready to play,” said the 2018 PBA scoring champion.
And with the last dance scheduled after the holidays, Pringle is hoping that the two-week break won’t have an adverse effect on his momentum.
“I’m thinking about my rhythm. We had a break, and luckily for me, I was playing with Gilas, and that kept my rhythm going. Right now, maybe coach is going to schedule some tune-up games or something, and that’s the biggest thing to keep your game rhythm. So I’m going to try to find new ways to keep my rhythm,” said the 5-time PBA All-Star.