BEING the most dominant big man in the PBA today comes with a heavy price for San Miguel star June Mar Fajardo.
The gentle giant from Pinamungajan, Cebu admitted to Spin.ph that as a marked man, he’s always the subject of physical plays and lots of banging bodies.
The end result are aching muscles at the end of every game.
“Marami na rin akong sakit sa katawan. Sakit sa balikat, sa tadyang, sa tuhod, sa lahat,” said Fajardo as he showed all of the bruises he has sustained in the course of the PBA Governors Cup.
“Basta masakit (katawan ko lagi) pero part ng game 'yun eh. Pero wala eh. Titiisin na lang, ito trabaho natin eh,” he added.
There are times when the pain would just not easily go away that it had become a routine for him to take mefenamic acid or pain reliever before every San Miguel game.
“Umiinom na lang ako ng pain reliever saka dinadaan ko na lang sa pamasahe. Pisikal sa loob eh. Ganun talaga dahil big man ako,” said the reigning league MVP.
“Hindi naman araw-araw (inom ko gamot), pag may game lang,” Fajardo clarified.
For someone already used to taking pain relievers, Fajardo said he once tried to skip the routine before a San Miguel game.
He dearly paid the price.
“Oo, kaso masakit eh. Parang hirap ako lalo after the game,” revealed the big man, a devout Catholic who 'credits his success and health to God.’
But at the same time, the former top rookie pick doesn’t believe the ‘cheap shots’ he usually encountered every game from his defenders are intentional.
“Hindi naman siguro. Masyado lang talaga mahirap sa loob,” said Fajardo, who likened himself to a battered boxer shortly after very game.
A San Miguel official confirmed to Spin.ph how Fajardo often deals with body aches and pain.
“Nakaka-awa talaga siya kasi hindi niya magawa sabihin na sinasadya yung mga patama sa kanya. Kasi mabait lang si June Mar. Pero kami naaawa kami sa kanya kasi nakikita namin kung paano siya bugbugin ng mga kalaban,” said the official who requested anonymity.
“May instance nga pina-observe namin siya sa kidney kasi napuruhan siya run. Nasiko o siniko. Hindi na namin alam,” the same San Miguel official added.
Meanwhle, the Gilas Pilipinas stalwart took time to extend his big thanks to San Miguel big boss Ramon S. Ang for all the support extended to him from the time he was still playing in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) while playing for the Beermen, all the way to the PBA.
“Malaking bagay talaga yung naitulong ni boss RSA sa akin kasi dun ako nasanay makipagsabayan sa mga malalaki. Kahit limited minutes lang ako dun, nagagamit ako, natututo,” said Fajardo of his stint in the regional cage league.
“Siguro kung hindi nila muna ako hinasa run baka ibang June Mar ang laro ko ngayon. Masaya ako sa suporta ng company sa akin simula nun,” he said.