PBA: Injured June Mar wants to play: "Bored na ako wala akong ginagawa"
Paul Lintag on Oct 13, 2018 04:19 PM
"Sana makalaro na ako. Nabo-bored din ako kasi wala akong ginagawa. Iba yung tumatakbo. Ginagawa ko lang swimming, bike, pero iba talaga yung takbo. Mas gusto ko yun." --- June Mar Fajardo.
Aside from San Miguel's early struggles in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, the main storyline for the Beermen is the continued absence due to injury of star center June Mar Fajardo.
And subplot in that main storyline is Fajardo's quest for an unprecedented fifth straight MVP award.
MVP winners are required to play 70 percent of his team's games in a season and as June Mar, the league's reigning four-time MVP, continues to miss games, there's an actual chance for him to not qualify for the top individual award due to the quirky rule.
But all is not lost though.
As explained by chief statistician Fidel Mangnonon III, Fajardo makes the 70 percent rule as is if San Miguel plays less than 18 games in the Governors' Cup. If the Beermen plays at least 18 games through the semifinals, June Mar will have to suit up for one game.
However, playing less than 18 games in the season-ending joust means that the Beermen would likely fall before the Finals.
But all this confusing calculations only makes more sense if Fajardo is actually not playing due to his shin injury.
June Mar himself assures he's playing very soon.
"Getting better, ang lapit na," Fajardo said on his recovery.
"Makakalaro ako this month," he added.
By "this month" though, it could mean that San Miguel will have its star center in late October when the elimination round is just wrapping up.
Head coach Leo Austria said that Fajardo is about two weeks away from returning to active duty.
"Gusto ko nga one week na lang e pero ayaw natin dahil sabi ng doctor dati, it's 3 weeks. Ngayon on his second week, there's another week before a checkup," Austria said.
"There's a remarkable improvement on the x-ray na nakita sa kaniya dahil nagdidikit na [fracture]. What we want to avoid is ma-stop yung pagdidikit through practice dahil kailangan, 100 percent siya. Kung hindi at hindi na dumikit yan, he needs some surgery for his fracture para magdikit," he added.
While the 70 percent rule is obviously a cause of concern, especially for those who want Fajardo to have his shot at history, June Mar is just focused on returning for the Beermen.
The MVP award will sort itself out once he starts playing again. After all, with two BPC awards already this season, Fajardo is the runaway leader for the citation anyway.
"Focus ko makabalik sa game. Gusto ko makalaro," he said.
"Sana makalaro na ako. Nabo-bored din ako kasi wala akong ginagawa. Iba yung tumatakbo. Ginagawa ko lang swimming, bike, pero iba talaga yung takbo. Mas gusto ko yun. Sana makalaro ako, hindi lang for the sake na makuha ko yung 70 percent. Gusto ko maglaro ako na normal, yung normal na laro ko," Fajardo added.
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