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    BRIAN Goorjian had a huge smile on his face when Myles Powell’s openness to becoming a naturalized player for the Philippine men’s basketball team was briefly brought up.

    He joked about it when he heard the 25-year-old Powell expressing his willingness to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas if given the chance.

    “I’m the Australian national coach. I don’t want that to happen,” said Goorjian, 69, as he brought the house down while sitting besides Powell in the post-game presser following the Bay Area Dragons’ 95-89 win over Magnolia Hotshots in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    (The) Philippines is tough enough. I don’t need Myles to play against me as well,” added the man who steered the Boomers to their first Olympic medal during the 2020 Tokyo Games.

    See: Myles Powell as Gilas naturalized player: ‘Whatever happens, happens’

    Powell did mention about wanting to be considered among the list of players to be naturalized by the country as part of the national team program.

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    He and Converge counterpart Quincy Miller talked about the possibility after seeing resident Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee hurdle the first hearing on his naturalization at the House of Representatives.

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      “Whatever happens, happens,” said Powell, a mean, scoring machine for the Dragons. “Me being out here, not knowing how long I might be out here. So it was just, you know, talks.”

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      Goorjian isn’t totally against Powell becoming a naturalized player, but on one condition.

      “Let’s hold on that until I turned 75,” said the Dragons coach, drawing laughter from his audience.

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