MANILA, Philippines -- Christian Standhardinger declared himself ready to "run through walls" for NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio, after the franchise acquired him in shock trade midway through the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup.
NorthPort sent Mo Tautuaa to San Miguel Beer in exchange for Standhardinger, the Fil-German forward who was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.
Standhardinger won two titles with SMB, but never quite carved out a niche for himself in the loaded squad.
Speaking to reporters after Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday, Standhardinger said the trade was "nothing special," and simply part of the life of a professional basketball player.
"I wish I could've had a chance to win a Grand Slam, right?" he admitted, as the Beermen are gunning for the rare feat this conference.
"But, you know, it is what it is, and I think the players of San Miguel are great, and I only wish them the best. I know they're gonna win a lot more titles," he added.
His focus is now on the Batang Pier, and helping them reach their full potential as a team. Standhardinger had nothing but words of praise for their roster, especially rookie point guard Robert Bolick.
"He's a great kid, as are all of the guys there, and I'm sure that I can get a good connection with each and everyone of them," he said.
More than anything, he is grateful to the NorthPort coaches for putting their faith in him even as he continues to recover from a nagging injury to his left knee.
"He (Jarencio) has a lot of trust in me, and I'm very appreciative of that," said Standhardinger. "I said already, if a coach has trust in me, then I'll run through walls for him, which I will do."
"I told him already, 'You won't regret it'," he added. "It's just a matter of time with my knee, I think."
Standhardinger adds that Jarencio has been "very patient" as he continues to rehab his knee.
"I appreciate his confidence in me a lot, and it will take some time now, but I think I can get back to the Christian I was when I got here," he said.
Standhardinger will try to play on Wednesday, when NorthPort takes on his former team, San Miguel, in the Governors' Cup.
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