When June Mar Fajado went down with a left knee injury and had to be brought out on a stretcher in Game 6 of their PBA Philippine Cup semi-finals against Rain Or Shine, a big cloud not only cast over the chances of San Miguel to make it all the way as champions – but more so on the Philippines’ hopes of making it into the Olympics.
But Fajardo, whose experiences with Gilas Pilipinas translated to back-to-back most valuable player awards in the PBA, told fans not to worry about his condition entering the last chance to book a seat into the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“The FIBA Olympic qualifiers is far from now, so I still have time to heal. Injuries are really like that, they really happen. Players should be conditioned at all times to handle this,” said Fajardo.
Fajardo is part of a deep pool of 17 PBA players that will be trimmed down to 12 before the Philippines hosts the intercontinental meet in July.
Having played in hostile crowds in Spain and Korea in his 2014 stint with Gilas Pilipinas, Fajardo was upbeat when he found out of the country’s hosting of the intercontinental qualifiers.
“Of course, it’s big to have a home crowd advantage. We really draw inspiration from the Filipino fans,” said Fajardo.
Fajardo was awarded as the best individual player of the Philippine Cup for the third straight year, overwhelmingly defeating the likes of Greg Slaughter, Asi Taulava, Sean Anthony, and Willie Wilson for the plum.