Danny I points June Mar inside the lane: "Nandoon ang pera"
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jun 22, 2020 10:30 AM
Most of June Mar's accelerated development can be attributed to Danny Ildefonso, the San Miguel legend and two-time MVP who spent his final active days mentoring Fajardo. (PBA Image/Nuki Sabio)
With six straight Most Valuable Player awards, June Mar Fajardo has made his case as the PBA's greatest.
At 30, he's not even close to being done yet.
However, June Mar's early PBA days didn't necessarily stood out. He lost Rookie of the Year to Calvin Abueva despite being a number 1 pick.
Nevertheless, Fajardo picked up rather quickly, winning MVP in his second season.
Most of this accelerated development can be attributed to Danny Ildefonso, the team legend and two-time MVP who spent his final active days mentoring June Mar.
"Napaka-sarap turuan ni June Mar," Danny I said on a recent episode of the PBA's Kamustahan.
"Siya talaga open na gustong matuto," he added.
The two MVPs were teammates at San Miguel from when June Mar was taken first in the 2012 Draft until Ildefonso left the team in 2013.
Still, the two legends started linking up way before.
"Noong nasa Cebu pa si June Mar, doon pa lang tinuturuan ko na," Danny I said.
Back then, Ildefonso made Fajardo realize a pretty simple lesson: make your living inside the lane.
"Kasi pag bumaba siya, ang layo nang tanggap sa bola," Danny I recalled.
"Sabi ko sa kanya, hindi ka yayaman diyan. 6'9" o 6'10" ka eh. Bakit ka ba naglalaro ng basketball? Nandoon ang pera [inside the lane]," Ildefonso added.
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