PBA: Standhardinger wants to prove SMB made a “mistake” by trading him away
Paul Lintag on Oct 23, 2019 11:09 PM
“When I played in San Miguel, I played what is it? 16 minutes a game? I say that very respectfully but I have to prove something to the coaching staff, wherever I play, I have to prove to them that I think they made a mistake.” — Christian Standhardinger. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Over a week since getting traded away from San Miguel, Christian Standhardinger played his first game for Northport Wednesday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.
The opponent? The very same Beermen that sent him away.
Standhardinger played 45 minutes and scored 18 points, including a dagger jumper over June Mar Fajardo with a minute to go as Northport got a big win.
Afterwards, a very passionate Standhardinger talked about what it meant beating San Miguel in his first PBA game not as a member of the Beermen.
“When I played in San Miguel, I played what is it? 16 minutes a game? I say that very respectfully but I have to prove something to the coaching staff, wherever I play, I have to prove to them that I think they made a mistake,” Standhardinger said.
“Maybe they didn’t make a mistake and they played me the right way right? Because we won two championships, and that’s okay. But me as a player... I gotta be the player that I can be and I play my heart out to prove to the coaching staff, to prove to coach Leo [Austria] that he could have played me more and I could have helped more,” he added.
Even with such a strong response, Standhardinger says it’s nothing personal. San Miguel just made a business decision to let him go.
Standhardinger knows he’s good, he was a former top pick after all, and with Northport he just wants to prove that he is just that — he’s pretty good at playing basketball.
“That’s how it is, it’s nothing personal. Professionally, coach Leo thought that I’m not as good as… that I’m not that good, that’s why he played me the minutes he played me and I think that I’m good,” Standhardinger said.
“Now, I’m here in NorthPort and I’m trying to work my butt off to prove to them that I’m a good basketball player. That’s it. The comment I made, that was regarding that. I hope there’s no ill feelings. I have nothing but respect for the San Miguel management," he added.
With the Batang Pier, Christian is making sure he’s earning his minutes on the court.
His debut performance of 45 minutes for the Batang Pier was certainly more than what he had with the Beermen.
“Coach [Pido Jarencio] played me 45 minutes and that means trust. If you’re my coach and you trust me, I don’t promise you that I’m going to win you all the games. I can’t promise you that I’m going to be the best player. But I promise you I’ll work my butt off and I’ll run through walls for you,” Standhardinger said.
“This is my first game, he doesn’t even know, right? I told him, ‘Thank you so much for your trust in me and I will do my best to become that player that can help you the most to win games.’ I’m a loyal guy. I’m just a normal, loyal guy who tries to play the best possible way and I think I played the best possible way,” Standhardinger added.
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