SEA Games: Brownlee happy to help short-handed Gilas in practice

Paul Lintag on Oct 29, 2019 03:55 AM
SEA Games: Brownlee happy to help short-handed Gilas
Brownlee, who’s long wanted to play for Gilas as a naturalized player, says he’s just doing anything he can for the national team now.

With Jayson Castro out due to injury, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tim Cone asked his Ginebra import Justin Brownlee to help over practice Monday.

The timing turned out to be perfect as the national team ended up missing two more players aside from Castro as June Mar Fajardo had to rest a swollen knee and Matthew Wright asking to be excused due to the birth of his child.

“Most likely a one-time thing. I asked him because I knew Jayson wouldn't be here, and I wanted to get 15 guys. I wanted to do some five-on-five-on-fives. The only problems is after I asked him to come, I got a text from Matt saying he couldn't make it, and then we heard about June Mar not making it,” Cone said on Brownlee’s participation in Gilas practice.

“So it blew up our five-on-five-on-fives, now we were only 13 players with Justin. We had to adjust and do something different,” he added.

Brownlee, who’s long wanted to play for Gilas as a naturalized player, says he’s just doing anything he can for the national team now.

While his naturalization is pending, it’s the next best thing for JB now.

“Actually, a couple of people said, they messaged me, ‘Some nice color. I like the color.’ Hopefully, I can sport that in a real game,” Brownlee said of the Pilipinas jersey he wore in practice.

“Just helping the best way I can. Coach Tim invited me and it was an honor just to be in invited in practice, being around all these talented guys playing in the PBA, playing against them and now practicing with them. It’s a special moment. It’s a lot of talent and I’m hoping they do really well in the SEA Games and get the gold medal,” he added.

 

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