WHILE he reiterated his commitment to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba 3x3 World Cup, Christian Standhardinger admitted there is still no assurance he will be playing for the squad in the June 8-12 cagefest.
Standhardinger said he is getting round-the-clock treatment on his swollen knee so that it will be ready for Saturday when Gilas Pilipinas will play its first game. Still, Standhardinger said he is still unsure if he will be fit to play that day.
“There is no guarantee,” said Standhardinger, when asked if he is going to play on Saturday. “I can say that I will try everything in my power.”
Standhardinger is teaming up with Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy, and Stanley Pringle for the Philippine team to the competition that the country is hosting at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
The Fil-German continued to cite his injury as he feels pain even though there was no structural damage on his knee.
“We made an MRI. Nothing broken. It swelled up because my muscles are very tight. If it swells, it can lock. I can’t move anymore. I’ve been stretching a lot, therapy, and trying to loosen that thing up,” said Standhardinger.
Ever since the injury, Standhardinger said although he is present in the practices, he has not joined in full-contact activities of the team, owing to the different surface in 3-on-3 play.
“The floor is very hard. It’s not like a wooden floor. It’s extra hard on the knees. I’m trying to prepare as good as possible and it’s just a day-to-day operation right now,” the Filipino-German standout said.
Standhardinger stressed he’s still looking forward to competing in the 3x3 environment since being selected to play in the Fiba 3x3 World Cup.
“If my knees don’t hold me back, I enjoyed it very much. It’s very high pace. You need a lot of conditioning. I’ve not been playing in the last five days so obviously, I need to try to work out so that I’m not really out of shape when I play. I can’t put too much stress on the knees yet so that I can recover as soon as possible for tournament day,” said Standhardinger.
Standhardinger said San Miguel has been supportive in giving him rest so that he will be capable of playing for Gilas in the 3x3 competition.
“I’m doing everything in my power to play on Saturday. San Miguel is doing a great job of backing me for that goal,” said Standhardinger.
“It’s not easy, but like I said, I’ll do everything in my power to play for Gilas and to play 3x3 and represent the country,” he added.