MARCIO Lassiter insisted the arrival of Christian Standhardinger won’t immediately translate into a championship encore, saying San Miguel Beer will still have to live up to expectations again in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Beermen captured a historic fourth straight Philippine Cup championship after finishing off Magnolia in five games in the finals, capped by a hard-earned 108-99 double-overtime win in Game Five.
And the addition of top pick Standhardinger will definitely make the fearsome Beermen even scarier in a midseason tournament where they are also tapping the services of import Troy Gillenwater.
“I haven’t met him, but I’ve heard he’s (Standhardinger) a great guy,” Lassiter said. “I’ve seen his work in the ABL, so I’m sure he can help us.”
But that doesn’t necessarily make the Beermen unbeatable right away as far as Lassiter is concerned.
“We’ll see. You gotta show up and play,” the SMB sniper said. “I don’t think on paper you can win games, you gotta put the work in and I’m sure he’ll understand that. He’s played all over the world, I guess.”
Lassiter has put in the work in the all-Filipino Finals where he has emerged as the team’s most consistent player in the finals, before taking a backseat to June Mar Fajardo in the deciding game.
And Lassiter is hoping for the Beermen to also be consistent as a unit in the next conferences as they gun for bigger goals, including being labeled “the best team ever.”
“We have a lot of things that we checked off in our list, things that haven’t been done, and I guess I could put that in the category,” the Filipino-American gunner said.
“I know we’re chasing a bigger one,” he added, referring to a Grand Slam. “We can’t chase that unless we get this next conference, we don’t wanna look ahead to that because there’s a lot of work to be done, the second conference is as hard as any conference.”