Brownlee is ready to serve the flag and the country — even if only as Jordan Clarkson The Plan Drove
All the viral highlights show the depth of Justin Brownlee’s skill set—his ability to finish in the box, touch the ball from the box, his knack for playmaking and team building—no shows the things that national coach Chot Reyes is most impressed with.
“He never quit training, and he always gave his best,” Reyes told the Inquirer on Tuesday night the night before Brownlee appeared before a House panel to light up his naturalization process. that.
“And the good thing about JB is that he is available as a backup. He told me he would be available if JC (Jordan Clarkson) wasn’t available — that’s an important thing,” Reyes added.
“He has no assumption that he will be the top.”
Assistant coach Jong Uichico agreed.
“He is a team player,” said Uichico. “He puts the needs of the group and the show above his own.”
Brownlee is no stranger to a love of basketball. A two-time best import player who has helped fan-favorite Barangay Ginebra win multiple championships, the all-round winger has played in front of a loving crowd.
Now, Brownlee in front of a huge crowd, wearing the national shirt will not be too difficult anymore.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) continues to accelerate in the Barangay Ginebra naturalization effort, with Brownlee scheduled to appear before the House panel on Wednesday to formally kick off the Philippine citizenship process for Filipinos. he.
“Justin is expected to appear at the hearing wearing a new ‘Barong’ Tagalog outfit. I’m not sure how many lines of Lupang Hinirang he can sing now, but I asked him to quit sleeping and keep practicing,” SBP executive Sonny Barrios revealed in the forum of the Sports Writers Association. Philippine sports earlier on Tuesday.
“That was the first step [step]. He needs to meet with the Commission privately. Once approved, the bid will go to the Senate. It will be a process,” Barrios continued.
Brownlee will be accompanied by team manager Gilas Butch Antonio and legal counsel Aga Francisco.
Brownlee’s naturalization will certainly strengthen the available reinforcements for the national program. Currently, the only standouts available for a naturalized player spot on the national roster are Utah Jazz star Clarkson, who will be absent from the NBA season, and Ateneo center Ange Kouame.
Brownlee’s bid is set to go through three readings in the House of Commons. The bill then moves to the Senate, where it goes through the same legislative process before finally being moved to the President’s Office for signature into law.
A few more rituals and paperwork after the arduous process will eventually allow Brownlee, a handyman who attends Gilas’ weekly training sessions at Meralco Gym, to officially support Gilas Pilipinas in international events. .
Without any setbacks, Brownlee could make his national team debut in the sixth qualifying round of the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) World Cup Asia region next February, where the Filipinos will play against Lebanon and Jordan.
According to Barrios, Brownlee will have an audience of a lifetime if it comes to fruition as SBP is working to host both matches at the Philippine Gymnasium in the cave in Bulacan province, according to Barrios.
“If you look back, the February window was held in Araneta [Coliseum in Quezon City]August 29 of the fourth window takes place at the Mall of Asia Arena [in Pasay City] and now this Friday window at the Philippine Arena because those are the three World Cup venues,” Barrios said.
The huge venue, which can accommodate 55,000 people, is the venue for the final stage of the World Cup. request
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