Fajardo is back on the court

Published October 13, 2020, 9:24 PM

by Waylon Galvez

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After almost seven months of being away from the game, PBA’s reigning six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer is doing “basketball-related” activities the past couple of days.

“Nakakapag-shooting na ako,” the 6-foot-10 Fajardo told Manila Bulletin in a message Tuesday.

“Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na nakaapak uli ako sa basketball court, nakapag-basketball uli ako. Sobrang tagal din kasi since the last time. Masaya na nakakalaro uli ako,” said Fajardo, who has been working out at the team’s practice facility at Acropolis Gym in Pasig City.

This is good news for SMB fans since Fajardo is well on track to his recovery after he fractured his right shin which needed surgery in early March–the main reason why he is out for the PBA restart in a “bubble” in Clark, Pampanga.

The league resumed with the Philippine Cup last Sunday after it initially opened March 8 but was suspended for months because of the novel coronavirus pandemic and lockdown by the government.

Though he is now allowed to return to doing things related to basketball actions, Fajardo said he isn’t forcing things.

“May konti namang takbo, pero limited. Shooting lang talaga mga pinagagawa sa akin. Pero sa akin OK lang, unti-unti naman, dahan-dahan lang,” said Fajardo, who will turn 31 next month – November 17.

“Wala naman din akong nararamdaman na pain, pero sore lang after workout pero OK lang naman.”

Since last July, Fajardo said he is already working with the team’s physical therapist Edward Bacason with his conditioning and strengthening not just on his leg but his body.

SMB coach Leo Austria said that although Fajardo is not with the team, they talk regularly to get updates regarding his progress, saying: “Nakakapagusap kami and inaalam ko status niya.”

“Kaya nga nung nalaman ko sa kanya na nakakapag-shooting na siya, sabi ko maganda yun kasi ibig sabihin he’s right on track sa recovery niya from the injury – kumbaga hindi delay,” said Austria.