Justin Brownlee used to be nonetheless all smiles even after the championship revelries had died down at Philippine Area in Bulacan.
However his face lit up much more once he pieced in combination what used to be about to come back.
“Guy, who can we were given, Lebanon and Jordan?” he checked with the Inquirer when requested about his upcoming stint with Gilas Pilipinas, which, barring any headaches, he’s going to be serving as a naturalized participant for the primary time.
“We’re taking part in right here, too, proper? Woah. This [game] is a great warmup for the fanatics!” he went on as he shook his head whilst dressing up within the crew’s locker room.
Brownlee, the adored Barangay Ginebra import who on Monday took his oath of allegiance to the Philippine flag, is anticipated to be showered with much more love as he’s a shoo-in for the nationwide squad that may see motion in a two-game house stand for the 6th and ultimate window of the Fiba (Global Basketball Federation) Global Cup Asian qualifiers.
He expressed pleasure on the probability of representing the Philippines regardless of understanding that, in all chance, he’s going to be overlooked of the general roster for the principle match with Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz within the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation to be Gilas’ naturalized participant.
“That’s what we like about him,” Gilas trainer Chot Reyes had stated in a miles previous interview about Brownlee. “He has no pretentions. He would simply like to play for the rustic.”
Brownlee is in truth the 3rd naturalized participant to be had for the Gilas program after Clarkson and Ange Kouame, the Ateneo heart within the UAAP who can have a scientific process to right kind a knee harm.
Consistent with the tireless Brownlee, the sequence in opposition to the visiting Bay Space Dragons must even be a super spice up for the nationwide cage program that may host a vengeful Falcons workforce and a red-hot Cedars aspect, with 3 Ginebra teammates looming huge for spots at the February crew.
“For the approaching February home windows, I feel this [championship series] is excellent for the blokes. We have now been taking part in global avid gamers [so we really] may just take this enjoy,” he stated.
“Scottie [Thompson], Japeth [Aguilar], Jamie [Malonzo], myself—shall we take this enjoy into [those games] and [farther] within the global stage as smartly.
The Philippines, which totes a 5-3 document within the qualifying sequence which it don’t need to win however one that the cage leaders are the use of to arrange for the August international show off, takes on Lebanon on Feb. 24, after which Jordan days later.
Getting dressed proper beside his son Justin Jr., the elder Brownlee is aware of that the primary few moments donning Gilas’ blue-red-and white might be emotional.
And this early, he’s looking to brace for it already.
“Enjoying for Gilas is gonna be very particular. I can take a look at for my center to not cry,” he stated. “However I’ve been looking ahead to this second the entire time. Simply going available in the market and you realize, simply wanna make the fanatics glad? The Filipino fanatics, they’re the most efficient on the planet. I’m going to move available in the market and play onerous and provides that ‘NSD’ (by no means say die) perspective like I play for Ginebra.
“Optimistically, I will simply make the Philippines even prouder,” Brownlee added. INQ