CHRISTIAN Standhardinger has expressed willingness to don the national colors once more despite playing almost non-stop basketball since last year.
Standhardinger's rookie season in the PBA ended prematurely when San Miguel bowed out at the quarterfinal stage in the Governors' Cup, giving the Fil-German big man a chance to take his first real rest in quite a while.
He's willing to put that off for flag and country.
“Obviously, my body needs the break but the country called so in one month, I still have to be ready and in shape. I can’t rest yet,” said Standhardinger.
While Standhardinger only played two conferences in his PBA rookie year, the 6-8 center has also been playing almost non-stop since he debuted for Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup in Taipei and the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon.
Standhardinger also played one season for Hong Kong Eastern in the Asean Basketball League before moving to the PBA.
“I don’t know how long I’ve played. I played Gilas, Hong Kong, Gilas, PBA. I’ve been playing for 17 months. It feels like forever,” said Standhardinger when asked about his rookie year.
Standhardinger isn't complaining, though, as he prepares for training for the next Fiba Basketball World Cup window where Team Pilipinas will host Kazakhstan on November 30 and Iran on December 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Standhardinger is part of the 20-man Gilas Pilipinas pool that includes other bigs San Miguel teammate June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Poy Erram, Ian Sangalang, and Beau Belga. The absence of player Andray Blatche from the pool leaves Standhardinger and Stanley Pringle to contest the naturalized player spot in Yeng Guiao's lineup.
Standhardinger said he will definitely have the rest, a well-deserved one, after the window before he prepares for the next PBA season which starts on January 13.
“I’m trying to get in shape and get better. Then, after the window, I’ll try to get my free time and recovery time and I hope that would not be a problem,” said Standhardinger.