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Wheelinâ Fajardo claims sweet sixth
Injury-hit SMB superstar June Mar Fajardo, on a mobility scooter, poses with PBA chairman Ricky Vargas, commissioner Willie Marcial, board members and MVP award presentor Asi Taulava.
Jun Mendoza

Wheelin’ Fajardo claims sweet sixth

Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) - March 9, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Riding his mobility scooter, San Miguel Beer superstar June Mar Fajardo entered the hardcourt to loud cheers and applause from co-players, PBA officials and the crowd.

Fajardo, out of commission after sustaining a fractured shin in practice, made the rarest of entrances – wheelin’ in – as he basked in glory as the Season 44 Most Valuable Player during last night’s PBA Leo Awards at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The feat added to the growing haul of the 6-foot-10 Fajardo, who’s now the only six-time MVP of Asia’s first play-for-pay league.

“Sana hindi kayo magsawa sakin dito, sana next year ulit,” Fajardo said to open his speech as his proud parents, Bonifacio and Marites, stood on either side.

“Malungkot na na-injured ako ngayon pero still, thankful pa rin ako kay God sa nangyari. May plano si God para sa akin, kailangan maging positive lagi,” said the Cebuano ace, who sustained the serious injury during a tune-up game preparatory to SMB’s quest for a Philippine Cup six-peat.

Fajardo thanked dad and mom, the very reason he strived to become the basketball giant that he is right now.

Fajardo garnered a total of 3,140 points coming from statistical points, media votes, players’ votes and PBA votes to get MVP No. 6, the most in history ahead of legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, who own four apiece.

The 30-year-old great led TNT’s Jayson Castro, Columbian Dyip’s super rookie CJ Perez, and NorthPort pair Christian Standhardinger and Sean Anthony in the Mythical First Team. He was also named member of the  All-Defensive Team, joining Anthony, Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar, SMB teammate Chris Ross and Perez in the roster.                                     

JUNE MAR FAJARDO SAN MIGUEL BEER
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