CHRISTIAN Standhardinger refuses to let controversy get in the way of his desire to make San Miguel Beer a more formidable team than it already is.
The Filipino-German slotman became the head of this year’s draft class after the Beermen drafted him with the first overall pick that they obtained in a controversial trade with Kia for three benchwarmers and a future late first-round pick.
Nothing, however, can derail his bid to help the Beermen solidify their status as the league’s most successful team.
“I'm actually really good at letting everything out,” Standhardinger said in a chat with reporters moments after taking the stage on Sunday. “I'm really good at just focusing on my projects, like my YouTube channel I'm gonna do in the Philippines now in English, and about my career in basketball. So I don't really pay attention to these things.
“I'm just happy it finally worked out,” he added. “I'll play in the PBA now and I'll play with San Miguel.”
The won’t keep him from suiting up for the national team after making his debut for flag and country this year.
“I'm very committed to Gilas,” Standhardinger insisted. “If they want me to play for them, I would be honored to play for Gilas. Nothing changed here.”
The German league veteran vowed to bring to the Beermen the same intensity he showed with Gilas in the Fiba Asia Cup, Jones Cup and Southeast Asian Games.
“(Expect) a lot of puso, a lot of fight, and the rest is kinda on the side,” the 6-foot-7 slotman said. “But I'm gonna fight my heart out every time.”
For now, Standhardinger is committed to the Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club in the Asean Basketball League, before he takes his act to the Philippines.
“Step by step,” Standhardinger said. “I'm obviously trying to win a championship in Hong Kong now and after that I can't wait to be part of the PBA, a part of San Miguel.”
“Every PBA team knew that when they draft me that I'm not gonna be available for the next six months,” he added. “So I'm gonna play in Hong Kong and then I hope to continue winning championships with San Miguel.”