Release the Kraken?

Paul Lintag on Aug 16, 2017 02:03 PM
Release the Kraken?
June Mar Fajardo says he's ready to go. Will Gilas finally release the Kraken?

The "Release the Kraken" plan is now up to national team head coach Chot Reyes.

According to Jutt Sulit, who is in Beirut, Lebanon to follow all the happenings with Gilas Pilipinas, June Mar Fajardo is ready to go as the Philippines takes on rival South Korea in the knockwout quarterfinals of the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup.

"Getting better naman [yung injury]. I'll try my best na makalaro bukas [today]," Fajardo said per Sulit.

"Kaya na siguro. Nung tumakbo ako kanina, okay naman. May discomfort lang pero baka sa utak ko lang na may sumasakit," Fajardo added.

The Kraken has been sidelined with a calf injury he supposedly sustained last Aug. 2 in a San Miguel win over TNT.

His initial timetable was supposed to be one week of rest and one week of therapy but the reigning three-time PBA MVP has been practicing with Gilas in Lebanon, albeit only on a limited basis.

So far in the Asian championships, Fajardo has missed all three games. Gilas finished with a 3-0 mark to earn an automatic berth in the quarterfinals where the Koreans will meet them Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. (PHL time).

Meanwhile, Reyes says that the Kraken will be a game-time decision against South Korea. It's been exactly two weeks since Fajardo played an actual basketball game.

"It's always going to be a question of how the game is going," Reyes said, per Sulit.

"It's hard to say. If you have somebody like June Mar in your arsenal, you're going to go out and find a way to really use him. But first of all, we have to see how much of game timing he has. We still have to manage that," he added.



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