torchie82 wrote: »
Fajardo making sure he'll be ready for much-anticipated duel with Slaughter
PETRON big man June Mar Fajardo hasn't faced top pick rival Greg Slaughter in a league game since they battled each other inside the court in Cebu four years ago.
Fajardo, however, is making sure he'll be ready the next time they meet.
The 6-foot-10 sophomore center admitted he has no firm grasp on how big Slaughter has improved since they squared off in the 2009 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Finals between University of Cebu and University of Visayas.
But no matter how good this season's top pick overall has become, Fajardo has made it clear - without sounding cocky - that he, too, is preparing for the much-anticipated battle of the giants.
Di ko pa masabi kasi di pa kami nagharap uli sa game talaga," said Fajardo, the No. 1 pick of last season's rookie draft. "Basta pinaghahandaan ko na 'yun.
Although he has made giant strides in his rookie season to become of the the league's most dominant big men, Fajardo also pointed out that he is not sitting around waiting for the showdown with Slaughter.
The soft-spoken native of Pinamungahan, Cebu said he's also getting good advice.
Di ko lang alam kung may ibang moves pa siya pero ang sabi lang sa akin na ang pag-stop kay Slaughter, dapat daw ipalabas siya sa comfort zone niya, Fajardo added.
Fajardos game has improved dramatically during the tailend of the season, as can be gleaned from his averages of 18.7 points and 14.7 rebounds during the Governors Cup Finals against San Mig Coffee.
The battle of the leagues two tallest centers take place on Christmas Day as the Boosters take on the Kings at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Koyomi wrote: »
Yung laro nya parang yung kay Junmar din nun, taga Screen, Pulot Points.
Sana magka footwork din sya.
Shoshin wrote: »
Toroman, the former coach of the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team, believes Fajardo will take about two years before becoming a dominant force.
IshmaelM wrote: »
Itong si Toroman parang hindi talaga bilib sa laro ni June Mar. After sa dominanteng Governor's cup Finals kay Greg parin siya sabi niya mas-unang makakaadjust si Greg kay June Mar. Although very serviceable center si Greg with his height and soft touch I doubt he'll be as dominant as June Mar was by the time he reaches the third conference. Ok lang naman si Greg. Pero parang wala pa akong narinig na puri sa laro ni June Mar kay Toroman. Otherwise mukhang ok naman siya na coach.
whiplash wrote: »
guys, ano talaga official height ni greg slaughter - 6'11" or a legit 7 footer?
ventrilokwist wrote: »
Talk about walang bilib, it seems that you're following suit to Toroman's remarks a year ago, this time, with Slaughter. Tingnan nalang naten, masyado pang maaga para husgahan ang laro ni Greg. Nakakaisang laro palang naman siya. Baka sa kaka-focus niyo kay Slaughter, si Aguilar pala ang maghalimaw. See Fiba-Asia 2013.