LIKE a good soldier, Justin Brownlee insists his mission is to win the battle for Ginebra and not get a medal of valor.
The deadly import said he came over specifically to win a championship for the PBA’s most popular ballclub, insisting winning the Best Import Award of the Governors Cup is not his priority.
“For me, my main focus is win a championship,” said the 28-year-old Brownlee, who moved closer to achieving the feat after a 97-96 victory over San Miguel gave Ginebra a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series.
“I’m more concerned of winning the series, get into the finals, and win a championship.”
A replacement for the injured Paul Harris, Brownlee fit in right away into the team’s system with his prolific outside shooting, complimenting the structured offense of Tim Cone.
Although he only placed fourth in the statistical race of the Best Import award going to the playoffs, Brownlee is expected to figure prominently in the race in a virtual one-on-one showdown with Meralco’s Allen Durham.
But to borrow Alaska’s famous mantra, Brownlee is more on ‘We Not Me.’
“If I win the Best Import (award), that would just be a bonus for me,” he stressed.
Brownlee though said the Kings would have to do even better if they hope to close out the Beermen, especially against counterpart Elijah Millsap who he describes as an ‘incredible player.’
“He does a lot of things on the court, he’s very aggressive,” he said. “I’m a fan of his game.”
“So we’re not going to be satisfied. Ginebra fans have been waiting for this a long time, so we’re not going to be content.”