After a successful stint with the Giants in the 2005-06 season, Pingris spent one and a half seasons with San Miguel and was part of the Fiesta Conference champion team the past season. But the six-foot-four forward saw his exposure dwindle due to SMB�s loaded frontline rotation. Coach Ryan is elated to have the 28-year-old Pingris back in the team as he knows that defense will be given emphasis in their coming campaign. The former PSBA Jaguar averaged just 6.8 points per game last season, his lowest since his rookie year with FedEx (now Burger King) in the 2004-05 season.
(born October 16, 1981) is a Filipino professional basketball player in the PBA for the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants. He is a versatile 6-foot-5 forward that can post up and shoot from the outside. He is half-French and half-Filipino. He is now married to actress Danica Sotto, daughter of Vic Sotto and has one child named Jean-Michel.
He initially started his career in the PBA during the 2004 PBA Draft which contained the likes of James Yap, Gary David, Ranidel de Ocampo, Rich Alvarez and Nelbert Omolon. He was drafted by Air21(Burger King now) as the 3rd overall but was quickly traded to the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs along with Egay Billones. He would eventually have his big chance with the team.
Marc "The Bully" Pingris was born on October 16, 1981 to Jean Marc Pingris, Sr., and Erlinda Prado. During his collegiate years, he would go to play for the varsity basketball team of the Philippine School of Business Administration. He also played for the Cebu Gems in Metropolitan Basketball Association.
Pingris was selected by the Air21 Express as the 3rd overall pick in the 2004 PBA Draft. The draft also include James Yap, who will soon be his teammate at Purefoods. He played a few games prior to the trade that sent him to the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs.
He was traded to Purefoods after having played a few games with the Express. He was traded along with Egay Billones. In the2005-06 PBA Season, he was awarded with the Finals MVP in the 2006 PBA Philippine Cup as Purefoods defeated Red Bull, 4-2. In Game 2 of the Finals of the 2006 season, he scored 21 points to lead Purefoods to a 93-82 win. In the 2007-08 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, he grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds, leading to his new nickname, Rebounding Demon. Purefoods, need a pure center in the absence of Rommel Adducul due to nasopharynx cancer, shipped him to the Magnolia Beverage Masters in exchange for Enrico Villanueva.
He was traded at the start of the 2007-08 PBA Season to the Magnolia Beverage Masters in exchange for Enrico Villanueva. He started his first game for Magnolia against his former team, Purefoods, coming as a starter.
The long rumored trade of Burger King marquee player Arwind Santos to San Miguel has now been finalized.
According to reports, Santos goes to San Miguel in exchange for two players, 6-foot-4 power forward Marc Pingris and 6-foot-6 sophomore Ken Bono, and San Miguel's 2010 first round pick.
“The reason lang na-tagalan itong negotiation is we want a draft pick, not a player sa package because we already have 17 players including the three picks we’ll have in this Sunday’s Draft,” Alvarez told the Bulletin. Santos was the first round pick of the Bert Lina-owned franchise (second overall) in the 2006 Draft.
Pingris was also an original member of the team being the third overall pick in the Draft four seasons back. He played for one season for the team before being shipped to Purefoods. He was then traded to San Miguel last year.
Pingris was released to the Giants after the Burger King Whopper agreed in principle to get Purefoods' first and second round picks for 2010.
Pingris' return to the Giants fold was confirmed by Rene Pardo in an interview with GMANews.TV. "We have agreed to trade our first and second round picks next year to Burger King for Pingris."
Pingris is the first player to be unloaded since the Arwind Santos trade. The Whopper are expected to unload four more players, including two to the Barako Bull Energy Boosters.
The Whopper acquired the services of Larry Rodriguez via a trade although the Energy Boosters have yet to determine the players they will get in return.
Burger King board representative and incoming PBA chairman Lito Alvarez said he feels Purefoods needs Pingris more as the Whopper would most likely maximize its new recruits.