CHRISTIAN Standhardinger refused to make a huge fuss about his arrival at San Miguel Beer, saying his immediate goal is to fit in and make a dominant tam even better in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The No. 1 overall pick in the last rookie draft is finally set to make his debut on Wednesday when the Beeremen return to action from their Philippine Cup conquest, taking on Meralco at the Mall of Asia Arena.
And Standhardinger is ready to make the transition from a go-to guy in Germany and with Hong Kong Eastern in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) to being a role player for the Beermen.
“Why would there be a problem? The way I see it, as long as we win, you can play me two minutes,” the Filipino-German standout said after practice on Tuesday. “On the bench, I’ll be the best cheerleader there is.
“There’s not gonna be any problems. I’m all about winning, that’s it,” he added. “I’m not worried about personal glory. I feel I’ve had enough in my career playing in Europe, having a good impact in the ABL. That’s not what I’m all about. I’m all about winning and they know that here. I make sure there won’t be any problems.”
“If I play two minutes in a game, I will be the best cheerleader as long as we’re winning and we’re winning championships,” the 28-year-old cager continued. “That’s the most important thing.”
Forming a twin tower combination with June Mar Fajardo, Standhardinger could take some minutes away from fellow power forward Arwind Santos.
But Standhardinger won’t mind if it’s the other way around.
“Like I said many, many times, we have a great team. My role is obviously different a little bit,” the Nebraska and Hawaii product insisted. “I’m gonna be in a more supportive role and that’s what I’m gonna embrace because the most important thing is we win championships.”