ALL WRITE Fa­jardo not done

Cap­tur­ing five MVP awards is al­ready awe­some by all means. But Fa­jardo do­ing it five straight years from 2014 to 2018? In­cred­i­bly un­be­liev­able.

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS - AL S. MEN­DOZA [email protected]­hoo.com

It is not ev­ery day that you meet some­one like June Mar Fa­jardo. He is as rare as Jose Rizal. In­com­pa­ra­ble.

How he has grown so big and so tall even science has no an­swer to that.

Are his par­ents Boni­fa­cio and Marites six-foot­ers? Barely.

Why June Mar tow­ered to 6-foot-10 only God knows.

We did have bas­ket­ball be­he­moths be­fore. Bonel Balin­git, Boni­fa­cio de Je­sus and, yes, Mar­lou Aquino, my fel­low Pan­gasi­nense.

Be­fore them was a guy sur­named Car­va­jal, a 6-foot-8 or some­thing who played briefly for the fa­bled Crispa Red­man­iz­ers.

But did they also ex­cel as much as June Mar Fa­jardo?

Not re­ally. Only Aquino had come close.

Aquino, 6-foot-9 or there­abouts, had the un­mis­tak­able tools—sound move­ment, Jab­bar sky­hook and a pivot foot rarely seen in tall play­ers like him.

Alas, Aquino failed to rise to the oc­ca­sion, his full po­ten­tial hin­dered by his seem­ing lack of go­ing the ex­tra mile. Ask his coaches, in­clud­ing Robert Ja­worski, and the an­swer is ba­si­cally the same: he played overly cau­tious, not tak­ing risks for fear of suf­fer­ing a ca­reer-end­ing in­jury.

In­deed, the fu­ture be­longs only to the brave.

Al­ready, June Mar Fa­jardo has five Most Valu­able Player awards across his name, his fifth com­ing only last Sun­day.

That is a record, eclips­ing the four MVPs shared by Ra­mon Fer­nan­dez and Alvin Pat­ri­mo­nio.

Only in his rookie year in 2013 did Fa­jardo miss win­ning the MVP plum. His San Miguel Beer team­mate, Ar­wind San­tos, was that year’s MVP.

Oddly, Fa­jardo missed pock­et­ing the 2013 Rookie of the Year award, which went to Calvin Abueva.

Cap­tur­ing five MVP awards is al­ready awe­some by all means. But Fa­jardo do­ing it five straight years from 2014 to 2018? In­cred­i­bly un­be­liev­able.

Even the four MVPs each of Fer­nan­dez and Pat­ri­mo­nio did not hap­pen suc­ces­sively for both.

I don’t think Fa­jardo’s five straight MVPs is go­ing to be du­pli­cated. Not in this life­time. WW III may hap­pen but not that.

And do you think Fa­jardo’s done?

Not to me.

If he gets to col­lect five more MVPs, be not sur­prised.

He’s only 29, turn­ing 30 not un­til Nov. 17.

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