PETER June Simon and the rest of San Mig's starters are supposed to be taking a break in the early stages of the PBA Governors Cup as the team plots an assault at a rare grand slam in the playoffs.
But for Simon, there's simply no letting up.
Simon played a big role in San Mig's three successive victories in a span of six days to earn the Accel-PBA Player of the week citation, beating out rejuvenated Talk 'N Text guard Jimmy Alapag for the honor.
The 5-11 Simon averaged 21.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists during that three-game stretch that saw San Mig climb to the top of the leaderboard - not bad for a player supposedly being given a rest after the team's run to a third straight championship in the last Commissioner's Cup.
The veteran guard, however, said nothing soothes a tired, banged-up body more than sweet scent of victory.
“Nakita naman namin talaga na medyo pagod din, pero ang maganda kapag nalabanan mo 'yung pagod, napaka-sarap ng feeling," said Simon, who celebrated his 34th birthday on Sunday with a bang as San Mig brought previously unbeaten Barangay Ginebra back to earth, 102-90.
"Eh ito ang maganda eh, kapag nananalo ka, nakakawala ng pagod,” he added.
Before the win against Ginebra, Simon shot an efficient 10-of-13 from the floor en route to a team-high 22 points to lead the Mixers to a 108-90 drubbing of the Meralco Bolts on May 27.
Three days later, Simon fired a personal conference-high of 24 points when the Mixers recovered from a 17-point second-half deficit to turn back the Globalport Batang Pier, 92-82.
The Makilala, North Cotabato native shot 19 points, going 9-of-13 from the floor overall against the Gin Kings to help San Mig grab the solo lead with its 4-1 win-loss record overall.
San Mig, which has ruled the last three PBA conferences, is bidding to become just the fourth team in PBA history to win a grand slam after the legendary Crispa Redmanizers, San Miguel Beer and Alaska Aces.