JUSTIN Brownlee weighed the pros and cons of Barangay Ginebra fielding an intact lineup from the PBA Commissioner’s Cup for its Governors’ Cup title defense.
On one hand, the Gin Kings import welcomed the continuity and cohesion his team is bringing from the midseason tournament where he was also tapped as their reinforcement.
But on the other hand, Brownlee admitted that familiarity is also an advantage to other teams.
“For the team, yeah, for the chemistry, got us in a good rhythm I think,” Brownlee said after the Kings' tune-up game against Alaska. “But I think it’s also a disadvantage only because teams know us more than I guess the other teams know each other, because they’ve seen our team so much.”
“I think they’re going to adjust to it very easily,” he added.
That familiarity favored the Aces on Thursday when they led from start to finish against the Gin Kings on the way to a 96-87 victory.
The Gin Kings, though, are not the only team that other squads are familiar with as Meralco (Allen Durham) and Phoenix (Eugene Phelps) are fielding the same imports from the last edition of the Governors’ Cup. San Miguel Beer is also parading a returning import in Wendell McKines, who last played for Rain or Shine.
Brownlee, though, noted the return of Greg Slaughter could be their trump card in their title-retention bid.
“The addition of Greg, I think it’ll balance a little bit,” Brownlee said.