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Marc Pingris unretires, to join Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards in MPBL

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“Pinoy Sakuragi” is back!

Just six months after announcing his retirement, Marc Pingris joined Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards for the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Invitational Cup.

Tiebreaker Times first reported the development.

“It’s an honor to have him on our team,” said head coach Charles Tiu. “We are all very excited to have Pingris on board with us. One of the greats In Philippine basketball. We’ve been planning this for a while.”

The 40-year old first hang up his sneakers on May 25 after playing 17 years in PBA.

Drafted third overall by FedEx in 2004, Pingris embedded a huge mark with the Purefoods franchise, winning nine championships and one Finals MVP.

He was also a fixture for Gilas Pilipinas national team, as he also competed in 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Tiu said that the 40-year old already joined his team and began training.