PBA: Expect Brownlee to be all business vs. Balkman
Paul Lintag on May 23, 2018 04:44 PM
"That's my boy, that's my brother. We won a championship together but you know of course it's business," --- Justin Brownlee on Renaldo Balkman.
Justin Brownlee coming back to Barangay Ginebra is very beneficial to both Brownlee and the Gin Kings.
However, that doesn't mean that the Gin Kings' trying conference is about to get easier.
Brownlee's first two assignments with Ginebra in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup are big ones. Those two games can make or break the team's campaign in the mid-season joust.
Following the All-Star break, Brownlee will make his season debut against Meralco on June 1.
Yes, the very same Bolts that have transformed as Brownee and Ginebra's fierce rivals since 2016.
"Wow. Wow. Man, that team... I've seen a couple of their games, they're playing great basketball," Brownlee said Wednesday after practice upon realizing his first game back will be against Meralco.
"Newsome had a big game couple of games ago and Amer, he's been playing incredible. It seem like they're playing some of their best basketball so I know it's going to be a tough matchup like it's always is when we play them. But man, what better way to come back huh? I can't wait," he added.
After meeting the Bolts, Brownlee and the Gin Kings are scheduled to face defending champion San Miguel Beer two days later.
Sure, the champs are also struggling out of the gate with a 0-3 mark but San Miguel also still has its usual starting 5 led by 4-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.
The Beermen have since added top pick Christian Standhardinger and import Renaldo Balkman, Brownlee's partner-in-crime with Alab Pilipinas.
"That's an incredible player," Brownlee said of Balkman.
"I had a lot of fun with him in Alab. I can say a ton of things about that guy from his character to his ability on the court. I know it's going to be a tough game just like me and him playing against opponents in the ABL. It's going to feel a little funny and different on the other end but he's going to compete, I'm going to compete and hopefully we give the fans a great game," he added.
Brownlee and Balkman have grown close throughout their championship run in the ABL.
But as they turn into rivals in the PBA, Brownlee assures everyone that's he's going all out to take down his former teammate.
"It's good to have him back. But it's all business," he said.
"That's my boy, that's my brother. We won a championship together but you know of course it's business," Brownlee added.
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