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    Here's the reason why June Mar Fajardo isn't inclined to try his luck in the NBA

    Jul 23, 2015

    BY now, June Mar Fajardo has distinguished himself as the best player in the PBA - a two-time MVP and twice a champion who, at 25, is tipped to become among the greatest in league history.

    But is he looking beyond the PBA? Like, say, following the path taken by Bobby Ray Parks who is coming a stint in the Summer League in Las Vegas in pursuit of his NBA dream.

    Fajardo's answer was blunt.

    “Ayaw ko dun (sa NBA). Malalayo sa pamilya eh," said the 6-10 gentle giant from Cebu. "Dito nga sa Manila, naho-homesick na ko hanggang ngayon nag-a-adjust pa ako.

    “Wala talaga sa pangarap ko 'yun (NBA). Masaya na ko sa kinalalagyan ko ngayon. Malalayo lang ako run."

    The San Miguel Beer star stressed that reaching the PBA is already a dream come true for a boy who grew up in the province. Fajardo said he is happiest when he is in Cebu, surrounded by friends and family.

    “Probinsyano ako eh. Masaya ako pag nasa-probinsya ako, kaya sakto na sa akin kung ano meron ako,” he said. “Kung tutuusin nga, mas gusto ko talaga mag-stay sa probinsya. Tahimik dun eh.”

    [See Mon Fernandez: Fajardo bound to be the greatest PBA player ever]

    Fajardo’s mother Maritess told Spin.ph his son hasn't changed, despite the stature he has reached.

     “Hindi lumaki ang ulo niyan, napakabait na batan. Kahit sabihin mo na marami na siyang awards na natanggap at yung atensyon niya eh sobrang laki, hindi siya nagbabago,” said Mommy Maritess.

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    She also perfectly understands why his son isn't too keen on trying his luck in the NBA.

     “Hindi ko alam sa kanya eh, pero baka mahiya yan dun. Kasi sa Manila nga lang nung kinukuha na siya, nagdadalawang isip pa siya (pumunta),” she said. “Hanggang ngayon nga parang di pa rin siya talaga sanay mabuhay mag-isa. Hindi siya talaga sanay ng malayo sa amin.”

    June Mar Fajardo with his family. Dante Peralta

    Mrs. Fajardo shared his son’s love for the simple life.

    “Si June Mar kasi hindi ma-garbo yan. Pag meron na siya, gaya ngayon na naabot na niya pangarap niya sa PBA, kuntento na siya,” she said.

    “Sa gamit nga lang mapapansin niyo si June Mar, basta may maisuot lang siya, okay na siya. Hindi siya mahilig sa magagarbong gamit lalo yung mga mamahalin,” she added. “Kaya sa pananaw sa buhay ganun din siya. Kung ano meron na siya, masaya at kuntento na siya run.”

    Mommy Maritess said June Mar also values loyalty.

    “Si June Mar kasi magaling tumanaw ng utang na loob yan. Once naging kaibigan ka nya at pinakitaan mo siya ng maganda, hinding-hindi ka na niya tatalikuran,” she said.

    “Ganun na rin siguro yung reason kaya di na siya naghahangad ng iba pang liga. Kasi pinakitaan siya ng pagmamahal ng San Miguel, lalo si (SMC top honcho) Mr. (Ramon) Ang,” she added.

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