CHRISTIAN Standhardinger refused to make a fuss about his entry as he would rather focus on the end result of his arrival at San Miguel Beer.
The No. 1 overall pick in the last PBA Draft played down his status as the missing piece to the puzzle of SMB’s ambitious quest for its second grand slam in franchise history, instead concentrating on how he can help the team achieve that goal.
“Well, I don't like to talk about that stuff (of me being the key piece),” Standhardinger said after his first practice with SMB on Saturday. “They have a very great team already. So my job is not to get in here and try to be a key piece or try to make something happen.”
“My job is to really see what I can do, what I can personally do, to try make this great team a little bit better,” he added. “I will try to do that, and we will see what happens, and I hope that we win two more championships this year.”
The Filipino-German standout, though, has to take it easy and recharge for the meantime after a grueling stint with Hong Kong Eastern in the Asean Basketball League.
“Actually I do feel tired,” Standhardinger admitted after arriving from Hong Kong on Friday. “I don't think it's the flight, I think its the ... You know, in the ABL season I played 40 minutes a game, and before that I played Gilas so I do feel my body a little bit.”
“But I talked to a lot of people already, to coach, and they will get me a recovery stretch. Released, that's how you say it here. And it's great to know that they know about that, and I will be 110 percent in our first game,” he added.
And the 28-year-old power forward has already had his initial talk with coach Leo Austria regarding his role in the team ahead of their Commissioner’s Cup debut on May 9 against Meralco at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“He told me just a little bit of the gameplan ... I will not talk about it here ... and just the way they play,” Standhardinger said. “And he told me that the first objective now is to get me a little bit relaxed because all my muscles are tired from all the playing. And then we'll go from there.”
“It's good that I am here so early so I could really learn the plays and recover and be ready for our first game,” he added.