Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
    View Today
    Wed, Dec 2

    Ildefonso recalls how he taught Fajardo to make a living inside the paint

    Jun 21, 2020

    DANNY Ildefonso said it was a pleasure to teach June Mar Fajardo back when they were teammates at San Miguel because the Cebuano star was eager to learn.

    Teammates from 2011 to 2013, Ildefonso passed on the torch as the Beermen’s chief big man to the University of Cebu sensation that later became the star not just of the team but also of the entire league.

    “Si June Mar kasi, napakasarap turuan unlike sa ibang players,” said Ildefonso during a recent PBA Kamustahan episode. “Open siya na gusto talaga niya matuto.”

    Continue reading below ↓

    Ildefonso remembered one instance where the Beermen took advantage of a Cebu trip to play a tuneup game with a then very raw Fajardo.

    Continue reading below ↓
    Recommended Videos

    “Bago siya pumunta dito, nag-tuneup kami sa Cebu. Kalaban namin si June Mar. Doon pa lang tinuturuan na si June Mar kasi pag bumababa siya nun, malayo niya tinatanggap ang bola [sa poste], sa gitna ng three points at sa shaded lane,” said Ildefonso.

    “Sabi ko sa kanya, hindi ka yayaman diyan dahil 6-9, 6-10 ka. Alam mo kung saan ang pera? Doon sa ilalim ng goal. Doon mo kunin. P150,000 lang suweldo mo dito, sabi ko sa kanya. Doon (sa ilalim ng goal), P500,000, ‘yung maximum,” said Ildefonso.

    Continue reading below ↓

    “’Ganun po ba, kuya?’ Sabi ko, oo. Bakit ka ba naglalaro ng basketball? ‘Para matulungan ang pamilya ko, kuya.’ O, ‘yun pala eh, doon ka,” said Ildefonso, pointing to the shaded lane.

    Ildefonso eventually became an assistant coach and a skills coach to many big men from the collegiate ranks to the pros, and he knows a big part of a players’ success is determination.

    Continue reading below ↓

    “Sa akin naman, ang pagiging magaling na player, wala naman sa coach eh. Hindi ako naniniwala masyado [na nasa coach]. Nasa tao pa rin na tinuturuan mo. Lahat naman, kahit naglalaro sa inter-barangay, kaya naman eh. Pero nasa tinuturuan mo ‘yun eh, kung naniniwala ba siya sa 'yo at gusto niyang gumaling,” said Ildefonso.

    “Kaya hindi ako nahirapan kay June Mar,” he added.

    Spin fans unite at Spin Viber Community! Join the growing community now! Complete the experience by subscribing in the Spin Chatbot and download the Spin Game Sticker Pack.

    Read Next
    Sorry, no results found for
  • POLL

    • Quiz

      Quiz Result