Standhardinger likens PBA to a combo of boxing, martial arts
MANILA, Philippines – After the San Miguel Beermen fell to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Sunday, May 13, rookie Christian Standhardinger has a clearer picture of the PBA.
“This is like a different sport a little but, I’m learning a different sport. It’s a lot of driving and holding and I now know why when we play Gilas, we always have team fouls,” explained Standhardinger.
The 6-foot-8 top pick also described the physicality of the PBA to San Miguel coach Leo Austria to be like a mix of two sports.
“He told us that it’s like a combination of boxing and martial arts. [Nanibago siya] sa kind of physicality in the PBA (He felt unfamiliar with the kind of physiciality in the PBA),” said Austria.
Despite performing better in this game – recording a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds – the Filipino-German failed to sustain his first half contribution as the game finished in overtime.
However, Standhardinger already knows exactly what to do now for his upcoming games with the Beermen.
“I’m literally making big adjustments, I’m going to lift heavier weights to be stronger,” said Standhardinger.
Austria approved as the Beermen will be facing the Alaska Aces on Saturday, May 19, in Dumaguete.
“We’re up against Alaska and I told him you’re up against Calvin Abueva,” warned Austria. – Rappler.com