PBA: Coach Norman: ‘Christian’s going to be one of the best’
ABS-CBN Sports on May 09, 2018 11:16 PM
Meralco head coach Norman Black has no doubt that Christian Standhardinger could only do better
Christian Standhardinger’s PBA debut ended in a loss.
And in the 85-93 loss on Wednesday at the MOA Arena, the Filipino-German’s stat line read like this: four points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, two turnovers, and five fouls in just under 20 minutes for defending champion San Miguel.
Without a doubt, there have been many more impactful debuts by top overall picks in the history of Asia’s first pay-for-play league.
Still, in the eyes of opposing head coach Norman Black of Meralco, the highly-touted rookie will only get better. “I know he’s good. It’s just his first game and he’s got to find his way into the PBA just like everybody else,” he told reporters.
He then continued, “Even imports come in and have to adjust. He’s going have to do the same, but we’ve seen this kid play and he’s going to be one of the best players in the league eventually.”
For the Bolts’ mentor, Standhardinger already showed signs of such by not backing down from veteran Mac Baracael. “He’s tough and physical. We tried to use Baracael on him tonight because Baracael’s probably our most physical player and we knew we had to fight fire with fire,” he said.
He then continued, “We couldn’t put somebody on him who would be timid and that’s why Baracael got a lot of fouls in the process. That’s why (Standhardinger’s) going to be a really good player.”