PBA: Standhardinger's early struggles no big deal says June Mar
Paul Lintag on May 09, 2018 10:45 PM
"Minor lang. Matagal na rin si Christian naglalaro eh, so makaka-adapt din siya sa sistema ni coach. First game niya, bago siya sa tawagan, pero hindi naman big deal yun. Kailangan lang namin mag-bounce back sa next game," --- June Mar Fajardo on Christian Standhardinger.
June Mar Fajardo is not too worried about Christian Standhardinger's rather disappointing debut with the Beermen.
San Miguel's title defense in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup was off to a rough start Wednesday, taking an 85-93 loss to the Meralco Bolts.
The usual San Miguel starters, including import Troy Gillenwater, had decent games; however, Standhardinger's performance never lived up to the hype at least for this first outing.
The Fil-German forward, the top pick of the previous draft, only played 20 minutes and had more fouls (5) than points (4).
"Okay lang," Fajardo said.
"Malakas din yung kalaban eh. Syempre nakaka-disappoint na matalo pero ganun talaga. Buti first game lang ito, marami pa kaming games na lalaruin," he added.
Fajardo noted that it's just about chemistry with Standhardinger in the lineup.
The current San Miguel dynasty was forged with incredible team chemistry, more than its obvious talent, and the key for the Beermen's success to continue is to integrate Standhardinger flawlessly.
"Bago si Christian so kailangan namin yun [chemistry] para ma-execute ang plays namin," Fajardo said.
"Minor lang. Matagal na rin si Christian naglalaro eh, so makaka-adapt din siya sa sistema ni coach. First game niya, bago siya sa tawagan, pero hindi naman big deal yun. Kailangan lang namin mag-bounce back sa next game," he added.
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