Standhardinger discusses 'special connection' with Filipinos

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 21, 2017 04:03 PM
Standhardinger discusses 'special connection' with Filipinos
A very articulate Christian Standhardinger bares his thoughts with ABS-CBN's TJ Manotoc in Hong Kong.

PBA top draft pick, Gilas Pilipinas standout and Hong Kong Eastern star Christian Standhardinger says that he has already established a 'special connection' with Filipinos as he is set to join the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA later this season.

The Fil-German big man said that there is mutual respect between him and Filipinos, and hopes to make an impact on and off the court. 

"I think there are many things out there that really do not help people, not just marketing," Standhardinger said to ABS-CBN's TJ Manotoc. 

"That is why I read so much, and that is why I keep studying content in the future to better people's lives and focus in the Filipino people, because I have a great connection to the Filipino people. "

While people may think that Standhardinger chose to don the national colors before deciding to join the ABL, he said it was the opposite.

As he is set to join the San Miguel Beermen next year, Standhardinger tells of his fascination with Hong Kong, which he visited the very first time when he signed up with the team.

He said that the former British colony has a great transportation system, specifically their rapid railway, which can bring one to almost every point in the area.

Standhardinger also hopes that the Philippines will follow suit, so that many people could do much more things instead of being stuck in traffic.

The ABL ASEAN Import also praised his teammates, which have greatly contributed to the defending champion's hot start, which have now won seven straight to start the season.

Standhardinger spoke only positive things on the impact of Ryan Moss, Marcus Elliot, and Tyler Lamb, who are the pillars of the team.

Although he notes the big difference of Asian basketball, which is rooted on quickness and aggression, to the European style of fundamentals and finesse, Standhardinger says he aims to be a player that complements the styles of different sides of the world.

An articulate man, Standhardinger bared that he does a lot of reading, particularly self-help books and readings tackling socio-dynamic issues, which is not a topic athletes are known to talk about that much.

Standhardinger also told of his vlog, which has been making its rounds on the internet, which he says has been helping on his learning experiences.

"There are so many ideas, you have to be accepting to reach your full potential to be good. After a year, you are still not going to be good, maybe average. When I just put myself out there, I do it because of my special connection to the Filipino people."

Standhardinger added that he makes his vlog entries in English for the benefit of his Filipino audience, and also is on the track of learning Tagalog.

Finally, Standhardinger thanks the support of his Filipino fans, who have constantly followed him since he played for Gilas Pilipinas, even saying a special message for them.

"I am really looking forward to the future. looking after each other and making each other better. Be as successful to set our own goals. Mahal kita."

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