JUNE Mar Fajardo knows life in the PBA has gotten even harder with fellow big man Christian Standhardinger now at the other side of the fence.
The five-time MVP of San Miguel Beer admitted looking forward to the challenge his former teammate is expected to pose upon him following his controversial trade to NorthPort last week.
Fajardo expects Standhardinger to give him a hard time in a battle between two giants once the Beermen and Batang Pier clash in the Governors Cup this coming Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
“Of course, papahirapan niya ako kasi nga sa practice pinapahirapan niya ako, sa game pa kaya,” said Fajardo following another yeoman’s job in San Miguel’s 113-107 victory over Columbian Dip at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.
The 6-foot-11 Fajardo said he was surprised when the trade was finally consummated that had the Beermen getting Moala Tautuaa in return.
While there’s a feeling of remorse seeing his former back-up going to another team, the trade according to Fajardo, should work in favor of Standhardinger.
“Maganda kasi makakalaro siya doon (NorthPort). Makakakuha siya ng maraming (playing) time doon,” Fajardo said of the Fil-German.
This conference alone, Standhardinger averages just 12 minutes per game with San Miguel while norming 3.5 points and 4.0 rebounds.
Everything is bound to change now that he’s with the Batang Pier, a team that has long been lacking of a big man who can play the post.
“Good luck na lang sa kanya sa bago niyang team. Alam ko naman maganda yung ilalaro niya doon,” said Fajardo.
Meanwhile, life goes on for Fajardo who dropped 19 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and issued four assists as San Miguel finally beat Columbian Dyip this season.
Fajardo was complimented by the 10 points and five rebounds of Tautuaa, his new frontcourt partner.
“Maganda naman yung nilaro ni Mo. Maganda yung contribution niya,” he said. “Malaking bagay yun dahil bawas load sa akin. Kailangan ma-maximize namin si Mo.”
The Beermen improved to their second league-best record to 5-1.