JUNE Mar Fajardo attended his first Gilas Pilipinas practice on Tuesday night while the victory party for the newly-crowned PBA Commissioner’s Cup champions was underway at the San Miguel headquarters in Mandaluyong City.
Fajardo was noticeably absent at the victory party of the Beermen at the San Miguel headquarters in Mandaluyong City as coach Leo Austria bared the five-time MVP joined the national team's training at the nearby Meralco Gym.
Austria said Fajardo was with the team before the victory party began before going to the nearby Meralco Gym for Gilas Pilipinas practice.
“Si June Mar nandito siya kanina and then sumama sa amin sandali dahil meron siyang obligation sa national team dahil alam ng buong team ‘yun,” said Austria.
Aside from Fajardo, also attending Tuesday night’s practice were Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy, members of the TNT team that finished second to the Beermen in the midseason conference.
Austria said San Miguel fully supports Fajardo’s national team duties as well as Gilas Pilipinas.
The San Miguel coach knows the importance of Fajardo's presence at Gilas, more so since he and TNT players were unable to join Gilas’ training camp in Spain.
“Sinusuportahan namin sila at ‘yung management. We don’t want him to miss another practice because yesterday wala siya. Kailangang-kailangan na siya to contribute,” said Austria.