PJ Simon shirt retirement on hold in the midst of PBA period of vulnerability

Dwindle June Simon’s shirt retirement at Magnolia was required to be postponed with no limit to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in sight.

The unique function regarding Simon’s No.8 shirt with the Purefoods establishment should happen on Mother’s Day at the Smart Araneta Coliseum during the main season meeting between the Hotshots and adversary Barangay Ginebra Kings.

Sadly, the season has possibly played a solitary game when the PBA chain of command chose to close down alliance activities inconclusively following the coronavirus episode in the nation two months prior.

Because of the wellbeing emergency, no further plan has been made on the alleged exceptional tribute to one of the most devoted players ever in establishment history.

Simon’s shirt will be the fourth to be resigned in Purefoods establishment history after those of four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, and Rey Evangelista.

Like Simon, Evangelista and Patrimonio, presently group administrator of Magnolia, played their whole PBA profession with the establishment.

The 39-year-old local of Makilala, Cotabato marked a one-meeting manage the Hotshots, giving administration an opportunity to make the courses of action for his retirement function not long before the season began.

However, all that remaining parts hanging as the PBA has been left with just two alternatives given the ebb and flow pandemic – continue the slowed down Philippine Cup or scrap the whole season by and large.

To the extent the comprehension of the SMC official, the retirement service for Simon, who went ahead board for Purefoods as a free operator in 2004 upon the underwriting of previous mentor Ryan Gregorio, will likewise be moved to a later date.

The 5-foot-11 gatekeeper out of University of Mindanao was a late, late pick in the 2001 draft by Sta. Lucia, selected in the fifth round as the No. 43 by and large choice.

Be that as it may, he was left unsigned by the Realtors, preparing for his spell with the Davao Eagles in the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), where he was named ‘Disclosure of the Year’ before the finish of the 2001 season.

After the MBA collapsed up the next year, Simon took his demonstration to the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) acquiring a group MVP and title while getting ready for Hapee Toothpaste.

His noteworthy PBL stretch got the consideration of Gregorio, who marked him up with Purefoods.


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