PBA All-Interview Team: The Best of Christian Standhardinger
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Mar 26, 2020 01:18 PM
Last season alone, Christian Standhardinger won two championships, proved himself right against SMB, won a BPC with Northport, and set a PBA record as a Batang Pier. (Photo by Richard Eaguerra)
Much like on-court performances, some PBA personalities are just better than others when it comes to how they address and carry themselves with the media.
Each year, the PBA Press Corps fills out the All-Interview Team, PBA personalities who consistently give out quotable quotes.
More than the soundbytes however, winners of the All-Interview team are five players and a head coach that always take time out of their busy schedule to make themselves available for the Press Corps.
Christian Standhardinger is another member of the 2019 PBA All-Interview team. Here are some of the best of last season from Northport's top star.
"I think they made a mistake."
After less than two seasons with San Miguel Beer, Christian Standhardinger was traded away to Northport in a blockbuster deal.
In his debut game with the Batang Pier, Standhardinger met and beat the very same Beermen.
Following the win, a very passionate Standhardinger conducted a long interview, getting a ton of stuff off his chest.
While he insisted that he had no personal feelings against the Beermen, especially the coaching staff and management, he was out to prove that he was a good basketball player and maybe San Miguel playing him less than 20 minutes a game was not the most ideal.
At the end of the Governors' Cup, Standhardinger was proven to be mostly right.
Northport outlasted San Miguel late in the tournament standings and Standhardinger earned his first-ever BPC award while playing big minutes for the Batang Pier.
"My legs are very tired."
In arguably his finest performance with Northport so far, Standhardinger led the Batang Pier to a breakthrough semifinals appearance after taking down no. 1 NLEX in a do-or-die showdown in the quarterfinals of the Governors' Cup.
The sudden death, which was played just before the SEA Games, lasted three overtimes.
Finishing with 33 points and 23 rebounds, Standhardinger also set a local record by playing 61 minutes and two seconds in the victory.
Standhardinger showed up to Gilas practice the very next morning too.
"I’m very honored that I’m part of this team."
Christian Standhardinger's committment to Gilas Pilipinas is undeniable.
He proved it right away when he first burst into the scene in 2017, playing for two versions of Gilas Pilipinas that had the FIBA Asia Cup and the SEA Games overlap.
Whenever he's healthy, available, and called upon, Standhardinger will show up for the national team.
It's quite unfortunate that he's listed as a naturalized player during FIBA competitions but nevertheless, Gilas has quite the reliable player in Standhardinger.
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