As far as shattering the long-standing four MVPs shared by PBA legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, Meralco coach Norman Black is convinced that San Miguel star center June Mar Fajardo can easily surpass such feat.
On Friday, the 6-foot-10 Cebuano big man moved closer to tying Fernandez and Patrimonio’s shared MVP record after bagging his third straight MVP trophy during the PBA Annual Leo Awards at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 26-year-old Fajardo also became the first PBA player to ever win three straight MVP hardwares.
“Well, if anybody who can do it (win over four MVPs), it’s probably June Mar Fajardo. Of course, he’s much taller and much bigger, and I’m talking about winning all those MVP awards,” Black told FOX Sports.
The soft-spoken Fajardo has dominated the pro league over the past three seasons, thanks to his great footwork, unquestionable work ethic and desire to improve day in and day out.
Black went as far as saying the SMB big man could possibly make that successful attempt at breaking Fernandez’s long-standing PBA all-time scoring record that currently stands at 18,886 points in a distinguished 20-year professional cage career.
“I think in terms of becoming the all-time leading scorer, leading rebounder, and whatever record, I think June Mar has a chance to break those,” Black said.
Fernandez also has no doubt that his “kababayan” from Cebu can make that run at his numerous individual all-time PBA records, but that’s as long as he stays free from injuries.
“I think the easiest na ma-achieve ni June Mar is (surpass) yung four MVPs namin ni Alvin because for one, he’s still young, and sans injuries and he is still improving,” said Fernandez.
“He’ll definitely surpass that, and I don’t know if there’s somebody who can challenge June Mar year in year out,” added the PBA’s Filipino legend, who won his four MVPs in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988.
The 63-year-old Fernandez said he just hopes Fajardo will also start using the skyhook, an offensive weapon that NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar perfected during his heydays with the Milwaukee Bucks and throughout his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I still keep on wondering why he (Fajardo) doesn’t use the hook shot when he has learned that and he knows how to shoot the hook shot pretty well. I’m referring to the sky hook, that Jabbar-type of hook shot, which he can very well shoot,” noted Fernandez, currently one of the commissioners of the Philippine Sports Commission.
“I remembered having several sessions with him and he makes his hook shots even with his left handed. I’m just intrigued why he wasn’t developing that,” he said.
Fernandez, known for his “elegant shot”, felt in the PBA, the 6-foot-10 Fajardo will be an even more unstoppable scoring force if he just uses the skyhook.
“If he gets it on the other side, and he gets very close to the basket, I don’t see anybody being able to block or distract him even,” shared Fernandez. – Richard Dy
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