CHRISTIAN Standhardinger is thankful to San Miguel for giving him an opportunity to rest following a grueling season.
Standhardinger returned to San Miguel practice on Saturday following a one-month break where the first pick in the 2017 PBA draft returned home to Germany to take a rest.
The rest came after successive months that saw him play for the Hong Kong Eastern in the Asean Basketball League, Gilas Pilipinas in the World Cup qualifiers and Asian Games, and San Miguel in the PBA.
“It’s good to have like a month off to really focus and really realign everything,” said Standhardinger on Tuesday. “That’s why I’m happy that I got it and obviously, that’s a big trust from the San Miguel Corp. and I’m thankful for that. Like I said, this opportunity really takes care of its players and I really appreciate that.”
Even with the rest, Standhardinger said he is still feeling a few aches in his return to the team.
“It was good. My left knee still makes it a little tougher but everything else is good,” said Standhardinger.
The Fil-German said he is excited to play for a retooled San Miguel squad after acquiring Terrence Romeo in a trade from TNT. The Beerman also got Paul Zamar and Ronald Tubid to further boost their line-up
“I think they are also great players. I’m sure we got a little stronger and hopefully, we can get the championship,” said Standhardinger.