AS expected, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s resident import Justin Brownlee will be back to strut his winning ways in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) after a long while.
The Gin Kings’ favorite import, who first brought the team to championship pedestal back in 2016 after an eight-year drought, will be back in the country by next week to join his team for the PBA Governors’ Cup,
“We’re excited with this conference and we’re hoping that we could bring back the fans and the imports, especially our import who’s so special. Teams bring back imports; we bring back Justin. It’s a big difference, and he’s not like any other import,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said of his prized import during the “Power and Play” program of former PBA Commissioner Noli Eala.
He said they’re hoping that Brownlee will be in the country by November 25 and that he will be in quarantine for three days instead of five.
Brownlee’s last championship with Ginebra was in the 2019 Governors’ Cup where they beat perennial rival Meralco Bolts for the crown, 4 games to 1.
Cone, meanwhile, said he is glad that the team is running through practices again after a disappointing performance at the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup, where they failed to defend their crown after losing in their duel with quarterfinals tormentor, the TNT Tropang Giga, who eventually won the crown.
“I felt that last conference we weren’t really prepared with all the lockdowns in our rooms that prevented us from practicing, plus of course the injuries, but hopefully this time it will be different as we are now able to practice again,” the PBA’s winningest coach said.