JUSTIN Brownlee insisted he won’t stand in the way if Paul Harris still makes it back in time for the crucial stages of Barangay Ginebra’s PBA Governors’ Cup campaign, but is also eager to keep his spot with the Gin Kings.
While wishing for the fast recovery of his pal, Brownlee said he wants to lead the team to its first title in eight years.
“I'm up for Paul Harris coming back and get healthy. Paul is a good friend of mine, so it’s not a competition between him and me,” Brownlee said after the Gin Kings’ 85-72 win over NLEX on Wednesday.
“I care about him and I care about his family so I want him to come back and get healthy, and if Ginebra wants him to play, then that will be great.”
“But I'm just happy to be part of this team, great organization in this great city, and hopefully we can get to the championship.”
Brownlee made a step in that direction after steering the Gin Kings to the victory against the Road Warriors after failing to finish the game in his debut last Sunday owing to body cramps.
“Anytime you win, you just feel great, so I feel great,” Brownlee said. “I just had to adjust to the humidity and the heat so I feel great today, got myself dehydrated.”
Brownlee put up and all-around performance of 24 points, 15 boards, four assists, two blocks, and one steal in 35 minutes, while also have plenty of help from the locals.
“(Our team) played incredibly hard, they played with a lot of passion, defense-team first mentality just like coach wanted us to play,” Brownlee said. “They just fight hard and I respect everybody in the team.”