Ross surprised at Standhardinger trade, hopes SMB remains focused on Grand Slam bid

San Miguel guard Chris Ross was among those jolted by the sudden departure of Christian Standhardinger who was just recently dealt to NorthPort in exchange for fellow top overall pick Moala Tuatuaa.

Ross, who attended the Gilas Pilipinas practice at the Meralco Gym along with his now former teammate, admitted he was surprised by the development.

“You never want to see one of your brothers leave. I mean it’s part of the business. We’ve got to move forward. We still have a goal and we can’t let this derail us,” said the 34-year old Fil-Am.

“We wish Christian well and we all know what type of a player that he is. We all know what he’s gonna do moving forward,” added Ross.

The 11-year PBA veteran bared that team didn’t have the chance to say goodbye to Standhardinger as the Beermen had no Monday practice and they only found out about the trade through their group chat.

Ross, however, managed to talk personally to the 30-year old Fil-German at the national team’s practice.

“He was kind of hard to read sometimes, so he was smiling. But you don’t really know how he feels inside,” said Ross.

“If he feels about it, he’s only human. Everybody else has feelings so I mean I wouldn’t feel different about it if he did have feelings about it. It only just shows that he’s human like all of us,” added the 8-time PBA champion.

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