After 8 titles and 6 MVPs, what's next on June Mar's list?


Posted at Jun 16 2020 05:16 PM

After 8 titles and 6 MVPs, what's next on June Mar's list? 1

MANILA, Philippines -- San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo is already widely considered as one of the greatest Filipino basketball players of all time.

His resume speaks for itself -- a record six consecutive PBA Most Valuable Player awards, eight championships with the Beermen, including five straight All-Filipino titles, eight Best Player of the Conference awards, and six Finals MVP trophies.

Yet the "Kraken" is not yet satisfied. During a discussion with Beau Belga in an episode of "Extra Rice," Fajardo made it clear that he is focused on winning more championships.

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"Gusto ko mag-champion eh," said Fajardo.

"Hindi ka pa ba sawa?" Belga asked in jest, noting that he is happy to have won two PBA titles to Fajardo's eight.

"Hindi pa," Fajardo said. "Gusto ko pa ng marami. Gusto ko mag-champion ng marami. Hanggang naglalaro pa ako, gusto ko mag-champion."

"Masarap mag-champion eh," he added. "Ganyan naman ang goal natin 'pag naglalaro tayo."

Fajardo has always shied away from conversations about his place in the list of the PBA's greatest players, and is always quick to credit his teammates for his successes.

Thus, when asked about what more he wants to accomplish in his career, Fajardo talked not about individual trophies or statistical milestones.

Instead, he immediately pointed to the one major achievement that he and the Beermen have yet to reach.

"Gusto makuha 'yung Grand Slam," he declared.

The Beermen have twice reached the precipice of the Grand Slam, winning the 2017 All-Filipino and Commissioner's Cups before faltering in the Governors' Cup, and then doing the same in the 2019 season.

"Gusto ko rin makapanalo ng Grand Slam," said Fajardo. "Nakita ko si Marc Pingris (of Magnolia) na nag-Grand Slam eh. Alam naman natin na hindi ganoon kadali makuha 'yun, pero malay natin, 'di ba?"

Only four teams have completed a Grand Slam in the history of the PBA -- Crispa, San Miguel Beer, Alaska, and Purefoods. The franchise was then known as San Mig Coffee when it swept all the titles in the 2013-14 season of the PBA, with Fajardo's good friend, Pingris, as one of the team's cornerstones. 

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