by Waylon Galvez
NorthPort guard Stanley Pringle is being patient with the process to get back to his usual form after missing the game against reigning five-time Philippine Cup titlist San Miguel Beer in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Pringle had surgery on his right foot to remove bone spurs following the team’s exit in the all-Filipino conference.
After missing Batang Pier’s first two matches, the 6-foot-1 Pringle had his conference debut last May 29 against TNT KaTropa and exploded for 22 points in their 110-86 win.
However, the Filipino-American guard played only about 13 minutes against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel last June 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City because of the injury.
“In the Talk ’N Text game I was really feeling good,” Pringle told The Bulletin following the team’s 121-88 victory against SMB. “It didn’t start hurting until late in the fourth.”
The win of NorthPort improved the team’s record to 4-1, tying Blackwater for the early lead.
NorthPort’s next match is on June 12 against the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok. Pringle said he is doing whatever it takes to try and regain his old form in the coming days.
The NorthPort coaching staff is hoping he can play against the Hotshots.
“I’m just doing all the rehab, and it just takes time, just like any other injury. It shouldn’t be much longer now. I played in the Talk ’N Text game, but it was just back-to-back,” said Pringle.
“As far as injury, somebody can say that they can play in the next game but you never know. I can’t skip to the future and say yes it feels good. I’ll just wait,” added Pringle, who averages 14.50 points with two rebounds and 2.50 assists per game this conference.
Despite missing the game against San Miguel, Pringle said there is no disappointment on his part. He knows the rest will benefit him and the team as they aim for a playoff spot.
“I’ve been playing basketball, and getting injured since I was maybe 16, 15 years old,” said Pringle.
“It’s just the same process, you get hurt, you do whatever it takes to get back, practice and gets your rhythm back. It’s pretty much the same as the other players. But the main focus right now is the range of motion, which I’m finally getting now,” he added.
“Just tying to get the scar tissue out, or move it to a place where it’s not bothering me,” said Pringle.