Standhardinger on his one-handed freethrows: ‘I’m not very conventional’

Christian Stanhardinger during the tune up game between Hong Kong Lions and NLEX Road Warriors. Photo by Randolph Leongson

Christian Standhardinger has been playing basketball for quite sometime, but he’s not afraid to try something new.

Six months away from his PBA debut, the no. 1 overall pick is working to develop his game into something unconventional.

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In Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club’s 98-85 tuneup victory against NLEX on Thursday, the Fil-German forward unveiled a new weapon in his arsenal – a one-handed free throw.

“I’m working on some stuff, trying to figure some stuff out, but I’m pretty confident that I’m going in the right direction,” he said in a short chat after the game at FCL Center Gym.

Standhardinger, who is set to play in the ASEAN Basketball League this month before suiting up for San Miguel in the PBA, said that he’s sticking with his unique free throw shooting style because it works for him.

“It feels good and I like it,” he said. “I’m sure that I’m gonna be ready with it. Worst case scenario, I’ll be ready with it when the PBA starts, but I think I will be ready with the free throws when the ABL starts.”

It may look unconventional, but that’s exactly what 28-year-old bruiser is going for.

“If you watch me play, I’m not very conventional you know. I’m just efficient. That’s the same thing with the free throw. It has not been working for me so good in the last two years, so I’m figuring out something unconventional,” he said.

“I hope that it works better for me and I have a good feeling with it.”


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