Standhardinger: ‘I’m not a rookie’

first_imgView comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netDon’t call Christian Standhardinger a rookie.The top pick of the 2017 PBA Draft argued that the rookie label doesn’t fit him given his experience of playing professionally overseas.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Battle ready: Big leaguers logging long hours on Fortnite P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m not a rookie,” Standhardinger said. “I’m talking facts here. You can’t call a 28-year-old who’s played five-year professional basketball in Europe and in Hong Kong as a rookie. That doesn’t make sense. I know that I’m not a rookie and I know my teammates know that, too.”Aside from being branded as a freshman, the Fil-German big man really have no complaints as he finally makes his much-awaited PBA debut with San Miguel in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’m very surprised and happy with how the San Miguel group welcomed me here. It was very professional, very caring, very family-like, and I really appreciate that. I’m excited to play for this company hopefully for the long time, and it couldn’t get it any better in my head,” he said.Coming off a solid stint in the ASEAN Basketball League with Hong Kong Eastern, Standhardinger relishes the situation he is in now, saying that for the first time in his professional career, he’s focus on nothing else but winning. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “I’m in a very nice position that for the first time in my career, I can really just focus on winning. I don’t have to focus on anything else,” he said as he looked back at the cut-throat nature of professional basketball in Europe.“Sometimes, when you have a one-year contract with a team, you have to focus on your stats because that’s how you’ll get another job. So you have to focus on winning and your stats,” he said.“Here, I can really just put my focus on winning. I can look at how I can make this team better. Here, all that matters is winning.”That only makes Standhardinger all the more excited to blend in with his new teammates, especially with the likes of former MVPs June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos.“They have a great team already with great players, so what I’m doing is I look at where I can help a little bit,” he said. “There’s no pressure for me to do a big impact, but rather, just help in any way I can and hope that we win a lot of championships.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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