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Standhardinger confident he’ll be in top shape come SEA Games

by Niel Victor Masoy, October 01, 2019 11:58pm

Christian Standhardinger dealt with a knee injury that kept him from playing in San Miguel’s final game in the East Asia Super League ‘Teriffic 12’ and the Beermen’s first two games in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup.

But now, Standhardinger is back in good health and has been attending San Miguel’s practices, and is ready to join in the Gilas Pilipinas’ practice sessions for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games basketball tourney.

"Right now, I'll be going to Dubai and I'll play back there so it shouldn't hold me back from participating in the SEA Games," said Standhardinger.

“I played not amazing but I'm feeling fine. I'm not worried about my knee. You guys know me, I'm keeping it honest with you guys. If I'm worried with my knee, I would tell you guys. I just got back to practice. I know I should be fine," said Standhardinger.

Standhardinger is confident that he’ll be in top shape come the SEA Games slated on November 30 to December 11 here in the country since the biennial meet will take place right after the Governors’ Cup playoffs - where the grand slam-seeking San Miguel would likely make.

That’s barring any injuries on him, of course.

“I think there's a good possibility that I'll be at my peak because the PBA, it's always important to be at your peak in the playoffs,” the 6-foot-7 Filipino-German said.

“And since [the SEA Games is] right after the playoffs, I have no doubt that if nothing goes wrong, I'll be at my peak in athleticism and shape."

Meanwhile, Standhardinger also shared he’s thrilled to be part of the Gilas’ pool anew.

"Obviously, I'm honored to be part of the pool. I'm happy that I'm actually able to participate not like in the last tournament where unfortunately, since I'm a naturalized player, I wasn't able to participate," he said.

"Like I said, whenever I can participate and can play, obviously, I'm here and I'm going to give my best to the country.”

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