PBA: Happy for Justin Brownlee, Renaldo Balkman is no sore loser

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 08, 2018 11:37 PM
PBA: Happy for Brownlee, Balkman is no sore loser
Renaldo Balkman is nothing but proud of "B and B" partner Justin Brownlee

Renaldo Balkman’s redemption tour with San Miguel in the PBA did not end with a championship.

Balkman and the Beermen were at the wrong end of a six-game Finals conquest finished by Ginebra on Wednesday.

The Puerto Rican reinforcement had long stated that a championship was the ultimate goal for his return to Asia’s first pay-for-play league.

When it didn’t happen, though, he was pure class. “It’s all good, man. It was a hard battle, but they came out with the win and congratulations to them,” he said.

Of course, Balkman was feeling pain of losing, but in the end, had nothing but praise for the Gin Kings. “I’m a little frustrated, of course, cause, I mean, we lost a championship game, but at the end of the day, you can’t win them all. I’m not a sore loser, give all credit to them,” he said.

He then singled out Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee who had 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals in the title-clinching win. As he put it, “Congratulations to my man Brownlee. B and B, you know what they say, well-deserved.”

He even told the reporters to pass that message to Brownlee himself. “Make sure he knows that, you know what I mean,” he said.

Balkman and Brownlee played together for half a year in Alab Pilipinas where they won a title in the Asean Basketball League.

In the PBA, however, Brownlee got the better of Balkman.

For the San Miguel import, this is far from the end of the road. “What can I say, man. Maybe next time,” he said.

Next time, as in next season? “If I’m available next year and they want me, of course, I have no reason to say no. If I do it, it will be another great year for me to come back and redeem myself,” he said.

And if that does happen, Balkman had one promise. “If I come back next year, I’ll be stronger and much better,” he expressed.

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