San Miguel rookie Christian Standhardinger unfazed by swirling trade rumors

ByAllan Lim


PBA Media Bureau

San Miguel rookie and top overall pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft Christian Standhardinger is not bothered at all by speculations that he will soon be dealt by the Beermen after sitting out the team’s last 2 games.

The 28-year old Fil-German is currently recovering from a left knee injury which rendered him unavailable for the team’s games against TNT last June 16 and NLEX exactly a week after. San Miguel, however, won despite missing his services.

Ironically, the Beermen lost when Standhardinger suited up against GlobalPort last June 13. The 6-foot-8 big man was held scoreless in 11 minutes of action but contributed 3 rebounds and the same number of blocked shots in the losing cause.

Standhardinger downplayed the trade rumors and classified it as merely “scams”.

“I’m not worried about those scams. I think the San Miguel Beer organization is professional so far, and they are all professional. So I’m pretty sure that I am the first one to know that I’ll get traded or not,” said the SMB rookie during an interview with Waylon Galvez of Manila Bulletin.

For now, the former Gilas Pilipinas stalwart would rather focus on his full recovery and eventually return to action in order to help his team in its drive to defend the Commissioner’s Cup title.

“I’m doing fine with my recovery. It’s nothing major but it’s something you have to wait to be back 100 percent, and I don’t have to worry about anything else.”

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