MACAU – Even in the midst of San Miguel Beer’s PBA grand slam bid, June Mar Fajardo is ready to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas in the 30th Southeast Asian Games if called up to be part of the team.
“Puwedeng-puwede. Kung puwede maglalaro ako,” said the 6-foot-10 San Miguel Beer star shortly after the team lost to Liaoning, 111-89, in the semifinals of the East Asia League Terrific 12 on Saturday night at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion.
Fajardo is one of the 24 players included by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) in the pool for the SEA Games basketball tournament, which will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena beginning in the first week of December.
The SEA Games however, will be held at a time when the season-ending Governors Cup is heading towards the playoffs. The Beermen, if they make it to the quarterfinals, should be gearing up for the final stretch of their ambitious grand slam bid by then.
Fajardo doesn’t see any conflict with that especially with the PBA taking a break during the country’s hosting of the biennial meet.
He doesn’t see any conflict as well should Barangay Ginebra’s Tim Cone be the one calling the shots for Gilas Pilipinas.
“OK yun wala akong problema,” was Fajardo’s curt reply.
As for the sprained ankle that kept him out of the Terrific 12 tournament, the San Miguel big man said the injury is healing fine.
"Medyo maga pa pero day-to-day basis naman. Pagaling na rin," said Fajardo of the injury he sustained during Gilas Pilipinas' first game in the FIBA World Cup against Italy.
The Cebuano cager though, estimates he could be ready to play when San Miguel plays its first game in the PBA on Wednesday against Phoenix.