All of the spotlight clips being unfold round that showcase the depth of Justin Brownlee’s ability set—his capacity to complete on the rim, his contact from the perimeter, his knack for creating performs and establishing teammates—don’t present the issues that nationwide coach Chot Reyes is most impressed about.
“He has by no means missed follow, and he provides it his all each time,” Reyes instructed the Inquirer Tuesday night on the eve of Brownlee’s look earlier than a Home panel to gentle the wick of his naturalization course of.
“And the advantage of JB is that he’s prepared to be the backup. He instructed me he will likely be prepared if JC (Jordan Clarkson) turns into unavailable—that’s a giant factor,” Reyes added.
“He has no assumptions that he would be the high man.”
Assistant coach Jong Uichico agreed.
“He’s such a group individual,” stated Uichico. “He places the wants of the group, and of this system, forward of his personal.”
Brownlee isn’t any stranger to basketball love. As a two-time finest import who has helped fan-favorite Barangay Ginebra to a number of championships, the all-around wingman has performed in entrance of adoring crowds.
Now, Brownlee in entrance of a mammoth, united crowd sporting the nationwide colours received’t be that a lot of a stretch anymore.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) continued to choose up steam in its bid to naturalize the Barangay Ginebra import, with Brownlee scheduled to look earlier than a Home panel on Wednesday to formally kick off the method to grant him Filipino citizenship.
“Justin is scheduled to look within the listening to donning a brand new ‘Barong’ Tagalog. I’m unsure what number of strains of Lupang Hinirang he can now sing, however I requested him to skip sleep and simply carry on practising,” SBP govt director Sonny Barrios revealed in the course of the Philippine Sportswriters Affiliation discussion board earlier on Tuesday.
“That’s the preliminary [step]. He wants to satisfy the Committee personally. As soon as permitted, the bid goes as much as the Senate. It is going to be a course of,” Barrios went on.
Brownlee will likely be accompanied by Gilas group supervisor Butch Antonio and authorized advisor lawyer Aga Francisco.
Brownlee’s naturalization will definitely shore up the pool of reinforcements out there for the nationwide program. At present, the one standouts out there for the naturalized participant spot within the nationwide roster are Utah Jazz star Clarkson, who will likely be unavailable in the course of the NBA season, and Ateneo heart Ange Kouame.
Brownlee’s bid is ready to undergo three readings within the Home. After that, the invoice strikes as much as the Senate the place it undergoes the identical legislative course of earlier than lastly being transmitted to the Workplace of the President for signing into legislation.
A number of extra ceremonies and paperwork after the arduous course of will lastly enable Brownlee, a diligent attendee of Gilas’ weekly coaching periods at Meralco Fitness center, to formally backstop Gilas Pilipinas in worldwide occasions.
Barring any hitches, Brownlee may make his nationwide group debut within the sixth window of the Fiba (Worldwide Basketball Federation) World Cup Asian qualifiers in February subsequent 12 months, the place the Filipinos are going to play Lebanon and Jordan.
Brownlee may have the viewers of a lifetime if that stint materializes because the SBP is working to have each video games performed on the cavernous Philippine Area in Bulacan province, in response to Barrios.
“In the event you look again, the February window was held in Araneta [Coliseum in Quezon City], the Aug. 29 of the fourth window was at Mall of Asia Area [in Pasay City] and now this sixth window at Philippine Area as a result of these are the three websites for the World Cup,” Barrios stated.
The huge web site, which seats 55,000 folks, is the venue for the ultimate part of World Cup. INQ
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